The highs, the lows, the memorable and the mundane – York Castle Museum is inviting people to create their own COVID-19 Time Capsule to document their thoughts on living through a pandemic for future generations. The museum, which holds one of the most significant collections of everyday life in the country, has launched the project designed for everyone of all ages to record how they feel about the current situation and how their lives have changed.
To help, the museum’s public engagement team have created a menu of activities for people to complete and upload or bring as a physical time capsule to York Castle Museum when they’re open. Participants have until May 31 to complete any or all of the activities.
To take part, visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk and click on the Time Capsule banner on the home page for details. Once you have signed up, you will receive a link via email, to your individual time capsule folder, where you can upload your time capsule content. If you do not have email, please call 01904 687 687 for details of how to take part.
There are ten activities for you to choose from – you can complete as many or as few as you wish. These are:
– A letter or film to your six month younger self
– A “before and after” photo of something affected by lockdown
– Create a picture or visual image that reflects your response to the experience
– A dream conversation with someone you’re missing during lockdown
– Choose one object which represents lockdown to you
– 24 hour task – write down everything you do in a day – no matter how mundane
– Record a sound or tell us your experiences of sounds that have changed
– Tell us about anything you have connected or reconnected with – old hobbies, friendships, new skills?
– Write a newspaper article or think of a series of headlines that represent your experience.
– Letter of Reflection – Write a letter to your future self sharing your thoughts, feelings and reflections.
Participants can select whether their time capsule remains anonymous, but by uploading your content they agree to the museum using the content provided.