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Residents invited to share stories of ‘Chesterfield in Lockdown’

Chesterfield residents are invited to share their stories of life in lockdown – which could be featured in a new exhibition at Chesterfield Museum.

As the country marks the first anniversary of the first national lockdown, the team at Chesterfield Museum are appealing to the local community to get in touch with stories, memories, images and items that express their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The museum hopes that by working with local people, community groups and organisations, they will be able to show the different lockdown experiences of local people in a unique exhibition – ‘Chesterfield in Lockdown’ - which families can enjoy when the museum can re-open.

As well as sharing their stories and thoughts, residents are also invited to send in items that remind them of lockdown. This could be anything from hand sanitisers, handmade face-masks to paintings and pictures that have been created, and everything in between

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “Over the past year, the way we live our lives has been impacted in ways we could have never imagined. For many this has brought heartbreak and hardship, and as we mark a year on from the first national lockdown, we remember those who have tragically lost loved ones.

“We have been living through the days, seeing history unfold and we’ve all been impacted in some way. We’re really keen to capture what this unprecedented time has meant to local people, so we can reflect on it for years to come.

“This could be something creative which means something really important to you, or a more light-hearted memory or object that will remind you of this time. We can’t wait to hear your stories and see your photos.”

If you would like to contribute to this exhibition please contact the Museum Collections Team via museum.collections@chesterfield.gov.uk or  rachel.fannen@chesterfield.gov.uk

In addition to the planned ‘Chesterfield in Lockdown’ exhibition, Chesterfield Museum is promoting a new borough wide art project to create something unique, which will be used to reflect on lockdown for many years to come.

The team at the museum are creating a wall hanging - a textile artwork made up of fabric squares, that will commemorate a shared narrative of lockdown in our town, and want local people, community groups and schools across the borough to get involved and create their own fabric square.

People can create their own square which can be sewn, knitted, decorated, designed, painted, dyed or printed and send to Lockdown Textile Project, Chesterfield Museum, St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield, S41 7TD by the end of July 2021. Once brought together, it is hoped that it will showcase the wide range of experiences, memories and stories of local people, forming a stunning textile artwork for residents to reflect on for years to come.

More information on the 'Chesterfield in Lockdown' exhibition.


First published on 23 March 2021 Last updated on 07 April 2021