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Collecting COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives, globally and locally. In Australia, the impacts have been particularly taxing on border communities.

Around the world, COVID-19 is changing the way we live our lives. From the way we connect with family and friends, to the way that we work, change seems to be the one constant. Share your experiences, stories, objects, reflections and images and help us to create a lasting record of the challenges faced, as well as the innovation and resilience demonstrated by our community.

Albury LibraryMuseum would like to hear from individuals, families, critical workers (doctors, nurses, freight drivers, police officers, ambulance officers, fire officers, emergency service volunteers) and business people.

We are already doing some targeted collecting but we are also looking for photographs, art projects, journals, and any other objects that represent your experience of the pandemic and the lockdown in your bubble.

We are interested in items from March 2020 to the present day.

We’d like these kinds of objects:

  • Photographs keyboard_arrow_right

    Empty streets, closed businesses, queuing supermarket shoppers, people involved in bubble activities. Anything that illustrates the Government and public response to the pandemic in Albury Wodonga.

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    Posters and signs, social distancing enforcement, vital household items. Things that became important because of the pandemic and the lockdown.

  • Arts and crafts keyboard_arrow_right

    Anything creative that you or your bubble made as a way to record and reflect on your experience of lockdown, or simply to pass the time at home.

  • Documents keyboard_arrow_right

    Diaries, journals, etc. in which you recorded your experiences, thoughts and feelings during the pandemic.

Why are we collecting?

We are collecting these items to record this significant period of history for the future. Photographs will appear in an online exhibition to be held in 2023. Other items will be assessed against our collection policy and may be acquired into the Museum Collection, with your permission.

We’re grateful for all offers, but we cannot accept everything. We have to take into account what we already have in the collection and other COVID-19 objects we are offered. It may also take us some time to review all submissions and we may not contact you directly.

Valid given name is required.
Valid family name is required.
Valid phone number is required.
Valid email address is required.

Maximum File Upload size is 2 MB

What happens next?

We are committed to protecting your privacy. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully (in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002).

For more information about what data we collect, why we collect it, and what we do with it refer to our privacy policy or contact us.

Thank you to Albury Wodonga Health for supporting this project.