Share your story and create history

22.07.2020

Creative Arts Project ‘A Story Shared’ aims to capture life in lockdown through the eyes of Cheshire West’s older residents.

The COVID-19 pandemic will go down not just in local and UK history, but in world history. Future generations will want to know what life was like for ordinary people in these extraordinary times and how we coped with living through the pandemic.

Cheshire Archives is working with partners to record this unique period in time through the eyes of older residents. This is part of a wider project to use archives to connect people across Cheshire, supported by National Lottery Heritage Funding.

‘A Story Shared’ is a creative project inspired by Haylo Theatre, developed with Cheshire Archives and Age-friendly Cheshire West. The project captures this extraordinary moment in time through the experiences and stories of older community members, stories that may otherwise go unheard.

The experiences of older residents are wide and varied, everyone from 50 to over 100 has story to share of how life in lockdown changed their lives. Many played their part as key workers, some returned to work in the NHS to help fight the virus. Others played a vital role as volunteers, helping friends, neighbours and the community.

For some people lockdown enabled them to be more socially connected than before, to learn new things and spend time doing things they enjoy. For others lockdown has been a time of sadness, loss and isolation.

Everyone’s experience of lockdown is different, and everyone’s experience is important.

Sharing your story helps others understand what life was really like for people living through the pandemic.

Recording and sharing stories transforms them into a memory shared by the community and preserved in our local history for future generations for years to come.

We would like to invite you to take part and become part of that history. The more contributions, the richer the history.

How to get involved

You can download a copy of our journal document:

If you would like a paper copy of the document:

For further information about the project:

To view our privacy notice visit:

For more information about Haylo Theatre and Cheshire Archives, visit:

Other ways you can get involved in making history

Cheshire Archives and West Cheshire Museums are asking for photographs and suggestions for objects that tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected our community.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of the Council said: “We want to capture this moment in time for future generations. Have you taken a photograph that sums up an aspect of life in lockdown for you?

“Do you have a suggestion for what COVID-19 related objects should be collected? If so, please let the Archives and Museum service know.”

There are two new projects; ‘Life in Lockdown’ and ‘Collecting COVID’ that will create lasting collections to reflect what life was like during this unique and challenging time for people across the borough. The pandemic has had a major impact on everyday lives, and it is important that evidence of this is recorded and preserved for future generations.

Cheshire Archives & Local Studies are looking for donations of photographs that show the different experiences of people in our communities. It could be images of closed playgrounds and schools, working from home, clapping for key workers or anything else related to life in lockdown. 100 of these photos will be added to the Cheshire Image Bank.

West Cheshire Museums are asking for suggestions about what kind of objects they should collect. It might be face masks, hair clippers, a PE with Joe t-shirt, rainbow window pictures, or something very personal to you, but they all need to have a story behind them that you’re happy to share. 30 objects will be selected to go into this COVID collection. Nominations will close at the end of July.

A collection of videos is also being captured by the North West Film Archive.

For details how you can make an object suggestion or photo donation please visit either: