Memories of the pandemic

In the spirit of archival institutions being proactive spaces for collective memory, several institutions have started to collect documents on the 2020 Covid-19 epidemics, in order to collect and preserve testimonies of the lockdown in everyday lives.

Archives Portal Europe is happy to participate in this initiative – if you want to share documents from your lockdown, post them on social media with the hashtags #memoiredeconfinement or #pandemicsmemoir and tag @archivesportal – alternatively, you can send the documents to and we will publish them for you (anonymously if you prefer so).

This is a list of APEF partners that are collecting the memory of the pandemics in their countries:

The Danish National Archives, in collaboration with The National Museum of Denmark, The Royal Danish Library and other Danish special and local archival institutions, are asking for submissions from individuals, companies, organisations and others regarding life and work during the lockdown:

The Archives Nationales du Monde du Travail have launched the public collection project #memoiredeconfinement : individuals, companies, Trade Unions, and professional associations are all invited to send documents to documenting life and work under the 220 lockdown

The Archives Départementales des Vosges are also collecting all material of life under lockdown via the hashtag #memoiredeconfinement  and via email:

The Central Institute for Sound and Audiovisual Heritage, in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Padua and LYS – Locate Your Sound, is calling for home recordings of sounds from people’s windows during the quarantine:

The National Archives Malta are asking for diaries, photographs, and any other document of the lockdown that people feel like sharing:

The State Archives in Warsaw with the Head Office of State Archives in Poland invite to participate in the project “Pandemic Archive A.D. 2020. Social collection of documents during the epidemy of Coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2)”.
This project seeks to collect and preserve materials of various form. Participants are welcome to submit journals, diaries, artworks, poetry, stories, oral history interviews, videos or other materials documenting this unprecented time.  The idea is to create an outstanding collection of documents from “the time of pandemic” with cooperation of the whole society. Shared materials will be published on the website, where eveyone will be able to see them in their digitised form.
For questions about the project, contact us via e-mail promocja[at]

United Kingdom
The British Film Institute is calling for recommendations of videos that best represent Britain on lockdown:

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre has launched a campaign to collect the experiences of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is currently having a disproportionate impact on BAME communities. To ensure this is captured for future researchers, educators, and commentators and contribute to a collective national history, the Centre has launched its #AllStoriesAreImportant campaign. The project aims to collect records, stories and articles that demonstrate how racism – structural, institutional, and interpersonal – still exists today, but is being erased by our national story being largely told by the privileged few. If you are interested in finding out more about the campaign or donating material to the project, you can visit

US – World
#TheIsolationJournals is an online campaign to collect journals’ pages and other items of personal memories from the pandemics

The Los Angeles Public Library is creating the Safer at Home Archive, inviting Angelenos to contribute materials that document life during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Submissions will be curated and made available online




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