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Sydney Lloyd’s firewatcher’s diary 1940-42

Corona Captured

Help us to document life during a pandemic and make history!

We live in extraordinary times. We are part of history and we are making history. And Bath Record Office would like you to record it.

There are, and will be, official histories of world events that will be accessible to all. But what most interests people – historians, researchers, children, adults, students, everyone – is how these events affected ordinary people.

We invite you to record your experiences of these times now, as it happens, rather than in retrospect. Everyone’s experience is relevant, and we will all have different ones. We’d like you to record how you were affected – your family, travel, work, school, exams, shopping. How your everyday life changed as this crisis is ongoing. Everyone can take part – from the youngest to the oldest.

Once life returns to normal you will be able to send your diaries to us so that we can preserve them for future generations. If you have digital content (photos, videos, sound recordings or text documents) you can now upload this to our website. We will take in material in various forms – handwritten or electronic diaries, sketches, photographs, videos, and songs. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Please see this document for guidelines and suggestions for compiling your diary. You must be a resident of, working in or studying in Bath & North East Somerset.

Submit your deposit

View the Corona Captured gallery to see what we have received.



'Lockdown' - Short Story and Poetry Competitions

This competition is now closed. You can view the winning entries on the B&NES Youtube channel here.

Entries will be included in our Corona Captured collections.