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. 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.


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 8 (13th – 19th July): Work

Working in Oldham has changed significantly over the last few months. This week we’re asking you to tell us what has changed for you. Do you have to wear PPE for your job, which you didn’t have to before? Has your workplace got new systems in place for carrying out your role? Are you now working on the end of your kitchen table at home when previously you were based in an office? Has your journey to work changed in some way?

We have already heard from people who have received generous donations from local businesses, and from local businesses who have been doing amazing things. We know that businesses here have been donating, making and supporting in so many different ways. We know that some of you have been making equipment for medical staff and procedures, while others have been supporting the well-being of younger and more vulnerable people in our area. Tell us more about all this (please)!

The deadline for ‘Work’ submissions is 9am Monday 20th July. We are happy to receive them after this but we may not be able to include them in our gallery on this page, although we will still add them to our collection for future generations.

Week 7 (6th – 12th July): Sport and Exercise

For many of us, our relationship with sport and exercise has changed over the last three months. Here are some of the pictures you’ve sent us about how you’ve been keeping active during Lockdown.

The deadline for ‘Sport’ submissions was 9am Monday 13th July. We are happy to receive them after this but we may not be able to include them in our gallery on this page, although we will still add them to our collection for future generations.


Week 6 (29th June – 5th July): Nature

From goats reclaiming the streets of Llandudno, to urban residents simply being able to hear the sound of bird song while traffic levels dropped, nature has played a part in many people’s experience of Spring/Summer 2020. Take a look at our online gallery.


Week 5 (22nd – 28th June): Messages

During lockdown lots of people have used their windows to send messages to people passing in the street. Here are some collected for Oldham’s Lockdown Museum.


Week 4 (15th – 21st June): Changes

Change happens all around us during ‘normal’ times, but the pace of change has really sped up during 2020. In March we all had to adapt to a brand new way of living, almost overnight. We’ve uploaded a selection of images linked to Changes.


Week 3 (8th – 14th June): Making

For many of us, Lockdown has meant that we have had to learn new skills. Have a look at what we’ve learnt!


Week 2 (1st – 7th June): Objects

This week we asked you to send us a picture of something that represents the Covid-19 lockdown to you. Take a look at some of the images we received.


Week 1 (25th – 31st May): ‘Kindness’.

Here are selection of the images which people have sent us on the theme of Kindness.


Lockdown Life (25th May – ongoing)

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


Send something into Oldham’s Lockdown Museum

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.