Collecting Covid

Our museum and collections tell the story of the city and its people, and the greatest stories about Portsmouth have been reported by The News since 1877.

Now, Portsmouth Museum and The News are teaming up to make sure that the city’s reaction and response to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic are captured and put on record.

The Covid-19 outbreak has been a major event – everyone in the city has been affected by the pandemic. Whether you’ve had the virus, are a key worker, are still working from home or returning to the workplace, were home schooling, just about to come out of shielding, or found new 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.

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

A selection of these will be exhibited in the museum and will feature in special publications published by The News in print and on its website.

If you want to tell your story, send your photographs, pictures, copies of documents, video and audio files by email:

Get in touch via if you have something to donate and we’ll arrange to collect it when it’s safe to do so.

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