Oldham’s Lockdown Museum

Oldham’s Lockdown Museum is a new digital project to collect a snapshot of what life is like in our local area during the Covid-19 pandemic.

There is a saying: ‘Change is the only visible sign of life’ and what changes we’ve gone through. Gallery Oldham is looking for objects that tell the story of life in lockdown so that we can share them with future generations. Have you bought or made something unusual? What object sums up the changing world outside or the unchanging reality of staying at home? Sometimes it is the most ordinary object that tells the most amazing story. We’d love to share your experiences and ideas, and see pictures (photographs or drawings/paintings) of the objects that sum them up, whatever they are.


While we are all learning to adjust to new ways of living, creativity can help us manage some of the challenges with which we are faced. Some of us are returning to things we haven’t had time to do for a very long time. Others are trying a new technique for the first time. Please send us images of the things you have been making, drawing or writing. We’re very happy to see works in progress – this section of our website is about sharing the process as much as the finished result.

How you can take part in Oldham’s Lockdown Museum

Each week we will set a theme for you to respond to. You are also welcome to send us Lockdown related images which don’t relate to the themes. We will exhibit our favourite entries in Oldham’s Lockdown Museum the following week.

Week 2 (1st – 7th June): Objects

Which object would you like to donate to Oldham’s Lockdown Museum? As people who care for museum objects, we understand that ‘it’s not just the object, it’s the story’. As the TV show ‘The Repair Shop’ has shown us, small things can have enormous power to transport us back and make us think of people and places that are gone, but not forgotten. What are the simple things that are going to remind us of our time in Lockdown?

This week we would like you to send us a picture of something that represents the Covid-19 lockdown to you. It could be the cup that you drink your morning coffee from at home, the saucepan that you’re continually washing after making endless meals for the kids, the bike you’ve been using for your daily exercise, or many other things. We would love you to write the museum label that you would want next to it in 50 years’ time to explain why it is important.

Deadline for ‘Object’ submissions is 9am Monday 8th June. Please use the form at the bottom of this page.

Week 1 (25th – 31st May): ‘Kindness’.

Here are selection of the images which people have sent us on the theme of Kindness. Thanks to our key workers and their friends who have found time to contribute. Tap the image or move the cursor over it to find out more about it.

Deadline for ‘Kindness’ submissions was 9am Monday 1st June. We are really happy to have submissions on this theme for us to keep in our collection after this, but we may not be able to add them to our digital exhibition.

Lockdown Life

We have also received donations to our museum which do not relate to our weekly theme. You can see some of these here:

Please do continue to send us images which you would like to share.

This form is designed to allow you to send us your submission for our online exhibition.

If you are under the age of 18, you will need to ask a guardian or parent to upload it for you.

If you are submitting a film, please provide a URL from which we can download it. To do this you can use a service such as Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or a free filesharing service such as FileBin.