Making history: documenting coronavirus in the East End

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These are unprecedented times in all our lives. The challenge that we are facing together is one that future generations will look back on as one of the most significant events this country has ever experienced.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives is beginning to capture a lasting collective memory of our community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, created by you - the people living and working in the borough today. As the local archive for Tower Hamlets, it is our responsibility to not only preserve historic records from the past, but also to collect and preserve the history of today.

Please note, we aim to continue this collecting initiative until the pandemic has passed. It is separate to the council's two week residents' impact survey that was launched at the start of June 2020.

How can you help?

We're asking for your help to compile this shared archive of the coronavirus pandemic that is being experienced in so many different ways across Tower Hamlets.

In what ways has your life been changed and shaped by the pandemic? How are you dealing with lockdown?

Many people will now be working or studying from home – how has this worked and how has it affected you? What are you missing; family, friends, food? If you are observing Ramadan, how is this year different?

Key workers, how have your roles changed? Are there positives to take away from this crisis?

With your help we can create an archive that will help future generations understand our lives and the environment we are currently living in. In doing so we will enable them to learn from our experiences as they meet any similar challenges they may face.

What are we collecting?

The records we are hoping to collect include - but are not limited to - diaries, journals, photographs, video recordings, sound recordings, poetry, prose, signs and other visual materials.

We want to hear from all members of the Tower Hamlets community. From younger people to those who are older, business owners and their employees, teachers, doctors, nurses, shop workers, carers, students, retirees and everyone in between.

How to get involved

There are two ways to participate. You can answer questions in our brief survey, upload and send us digital materials you have created - or both! Just click on the 'get started' button below.

Please see the FAQs for more details. If you're using a mobile device they are at the bottom of the page.

These are unprecedented times in all our lives. The challenge that we are facing together is one that future generations will look back on as one of the most significant events this country has ever experienced.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives is beginning to capture a lasting collective memory of our community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, created by you - the people living and working in the borough today. As the local archive for Tower Hamlets, it is our responsibility to not only preserve historic records from the past, but also to collect and preserve the history of today.

Please note, we aim to continue this collecting initiative until the pandemic has passed. It is separate to the council's two week residents' impact survey that was launched at the start of June 2020.

How can you help?

We're asking for your help to compile this shared archive of the coronavirus pandemic that is being experienced in so many different ways across Tower Hamlets.

In what ways has your life been changed and shaped by the pandemic? How are you dealing with lockdown?

Many people will now be working or studying from home – how has this worked and how has it affected you? What are you missing; family, friends, food? If you are observing Ramadan, how is this year different?

Key workers, how have your roles changed? Are there positives to take away from this crisis?

With your help we can create an archive that will help future generations understand our lives and the environment we are currently living in. In doing so we will enable them to learn from our experiences as they meet any similar challenges they may face.

What are we collecting?

The records we are hoping to collect include - but are not limited to - diaries, journals, photographs, video recordings, sound recordings, poetry, prose, signs and other visual materials.

We want to hear from all members of the Tower Hamlets community. From younger people to those who are older, business owners and their employees, teachers, doctors, nurses, shop workers, carers, students, retirees and everyone in between.

How to get involved

There are two ways to participate. You can answer questions in our brief survey, upload and send us digital materials you have created - or both! Just click on the 'get started' button below.

Please see the FAQs for more details. If you're using a mobile device they are at the bottom of the page.