Collecting Covid

Our museum and collections tell the story of the city and its people.

We want to make sure that our collections include the city’s reaction and response to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

We want to include objects or documents that will tell the personal stories of our experiences for future generations.

The coronavirus outbreak is such a major event – everyone in the city has been affected. Whether you’ve had the virus, are a key worker, working from home, home schooling, shielding, or finding ways to pass the time during lockdown, we want to collect your stories.

Maybe you’re keeping a diary, or have taken up a new hobby? You might have started a support group, put a rainbow in your window, or recorded your street’s clap for carers.

If so, send us photographs, pictures, copies of documents, video and audio files by email: collecting.covid@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

Museum and archive staff are working from home and the city’s museums and history centre aren’t open to the public, so we’re unable to collect items in person yet. Get in touch via collecting.covid@portsmouthcc.gov.uk if you have something to donate and we’ll arrange to collect it when it’s safe to do so.