Corona Diaries - Making History Together

We have now called in the completed diaries as we have passed the milestone of 100 days of lockdown. If you still have a diary that you want to donate to the archive please email it to us at

The Arnside Archive Group invited people living in Arnside to write a diary for us about their experience of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was a major crisis that will go down in history. At this time of national anxiety and challenge, Arnsiders demonstrated amazing resilience, care and support for one another. Volunteers, businesses and residents co-operated to keep people safe and fed. The experiences of those who documented this will be part of the record of this time and will be held in the Archive for future generations to read. We are still collating and cataloguing the material people gave us.

We sent out the following invitation: 

We are looking for around 30 residents who would be willing to write about what you are doing and feeling during these weeks, how you are keeping in touch with other people, getting food, keeping fit and well etc.

We would like to record as wide a range of experiences as possible, so for example we would like to include people of all ages and situations:

  •   families with pre/primary school aged children
  •   families with secondary aged children       
  •  retired people
  •   people who have been travelling abroad or have overseas links
  •   people who are key workers (especially working in care, NHS and emergency   services)
  •   self-employed people and those with businesses

 If you would like to take part please email us on and we will add you to our list of informants. We will ask you for your name and contact details for our records.

When you have finished your diary, please email it to us or post it to Arnside Archive Corona Diaries Project, The Slipway, Redhills Rd, Arnside LA5 0BW. We will ask you at that point to sign a consent form so that the diary can be stored in the archive, anonymously if you wish.

Please pass on this invitation to people who might be interested and enjoy writing diaries by hand but do not use email.

If you are living with other people, especially with children, you could write a family diary. Photos, pictures, jokes and practical tips are welcome as part of the diary. You can type or handwrite or even audio record your diary. You can write a lot or a little.

 Whatever you feel like recording is fine - there is no right or wrong way to keep a diary. However, if you would like to talk on the phone about what you might write, we can offer support and ideas for writing.

 We would also appreciate input from experienced writers/hisorians/archivists to help us put the materials together and to make a permanent record for the Archive.




For anyone interested in recording their experience of the recent lockdown the national Mass Observation archive is inviting you to write a one day dairy on Tuesday May 12th. Details are here....



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