Hastings Museum looking for volunteers to help chronicle town life in coronavirus pandemic

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Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is asking for volunteers to keep a journal to record life in the town during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The museum is interested in people’s individual experiences of living through the Covid-19 crisis, and how this is impacting on their work, hobbies, relationships, emotions and perspectives on life.

It wants participants to write as much or as little as they feel like each day, but would like them to write something every day.

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Kim Forward, leader of Hastings Borough Council said: “Coronavirus (Covid-19) has transformed every part of our lives in just a few weeks. We are experiencing restrictions on our daily lives that have never happened at any point in our country’s history before.

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“As this is such an important point in our history, we believe it’s essential for the museum to start recording what’s happening.

“We’re recruiting volunteers to keep a journal about their experience of living through the coronavirus crisis. If you live in or around Hastings and are interested in taking part, email us at [email protected] for more details.”

The museum is hoping the journals will show the happy experiences, as well as the difficult bits. It is asking asking people to donate their journal to the museum collection when the pandemic is over, which means it will become part of the museum’s collections and be used in the future to help people understand what the experience was like for ordinary people.

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