We began a story-sharing project alongside Storylines when Covid-19 really started to impact our daily lives. We sent out
100 creative packs at the beginning of the first lockdown: papers, prompts, sketching and writing activities that enabled people of all ages within the community to contribute their thoughts about the pandemic. We hoped that these would not only counter the mundanity of daily lockdown life with creative activities intended to inspire, but also to create a precious record of a Cornish community’s response to a truly unprecedented health event.
What resulted was a treasure trove of heartfelt feelings about personal experiences of the first lockdown. Supply shortages, limited movement options and social isolation were particular challenges that seemed common threads across different age groups.
While we only anticipated creating one book, we had so many responses that we’ve created two scrapbook-styled records of personal experiences of the first lockdown. It’s also a proud legacy for the people of the immediate community that have rallied together, not only to support themselves and each other, but also in contributing to these books.
Although these responses related to the first lockdown, they’re just as important as memories now in 2021.
With special thanks to Cornwall Community Foundation for their very kind support with this project.