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‘Dear Diary’ project launched by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Museum Services to document the coronavirus pandemic

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Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Museum Services need your help to document the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our daily lives.

Social isolation, cancelled events, missed celebrations, homeschooling, financial worries, working from home and travel restrictions are just some of the factors many of us are dealing with in the age of COVID-19.

This is a unique moment in our history and Museum Services want to ensure that personal stories and experiences are recorded now to create a publicly accessible archive for future generations through its newly launched ‘Dear Diary’ project.

Encouraging individuals, families, and groups to get involved, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson said:

“This pandemic has created a way of life which none of us have ever experienced before and Council’s Museum Services recognise the importance of preserving this through personal stories for future reference. The every-day experience can easily be overlooked in formal histories and we want to ensure this doesn’t happen. Please get involved with this very worthwhile initiative and recognise that your story, whatever it may be at this time, is worth telling.”

From the mundane to the extraordinary, Museum Services want to hear from you. You can capture your experiences through photography, video, paintings, crafts, diaries, stories, poems, songs, audio recordings or create a digital diary and send your thoughts and observations to be archived for generations to come.

In time, these personal submissions will help others to understand what happened during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected people across Causeway Coast and Glens.

A council spokesperson concluded “For further information or to send in your material please email [email protected] or contact us via our Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Coleraine or Limavady/Green Lane Museums Facebook page. Written or hardcopy entries can be scanned or photographed and submitted electronically. If you’d like to record your story, but want it kept private for a fixed period of time, you can do that too. Just let us know when you send it in to us. All material will be archived by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Museum Services for future generations and made available as a project online through the NI Community Archive (www.niarchive.org).”

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