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    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.

    Last week in Oldham’s Lockdown Museum we asked you to tell us about the lockdown experiences you have had which involved nature. Have you spent more time in your local park than usual? Or have you hung a bird feeder up by your window for the first time? Have you succeeded (or failed?!) in growing something? Did you find that the act of taking a daily walk meant that you noticed the seasons changing more? We’d love to see photos of things you’ve seen in your garden or spotted on your walk. We have had LOADS of entries for the nature theme, so we’ll be adding to this gallery throughout the week.

    Deadline for ‘Nature’ submissions was 9am Monday 6th 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.

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    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. As days turned to weeks we had to adjust again, this time to the idea that this was a situation which was going to be here for a while. This week, as lockdown restrictions are eased slightly, things will change again. We would like to record some of these changes in Oldham’s Lockdown Museum, for future generations. Tell us about changes you have noticed around you, or changes you have made to your life. Have you begun to notice birdsong around your house as traffic noise fell quiet for a while? Have you discovered new areas of your local neighbourhood as you changed the route you went to work? Are you part of a group which used to meet weekly but is now working out how to continue using technology? Maybe the changes are more within yourself – have you become aware of how much of your happiness relied on contact with other people, or will you be vowing to build more time at home into your chaotic life as society opens up again?

    Deadline for ‘Changes’ submissions was 9am Monday 22nd June. 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. We will upload a selection of images in the next few days…watch this space.

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    Week 3 (8th – 14th June): Making

    For many of us, Lockdown has meant that we have had to learn new skills. We may have had to fix something in our house ourselves because we couldn’t call someone to help us. Or we have FINALLY got round to those little DIY jobs we’ve been telling ourselves we have been meaning to do for years. We have had to improve our cookery skills as the restaurants closed and our incomes became more uncertain. With less chance to be out and about socialising some of us have taken the opportunity to return to art and craft skills we haven’t used for years, or to begin to learn new ones. Thank you for the photos you have sent us of things you have sewn, sawn and baked!

    Deadline for ‘Making’ submissions was 9am Monday 15th June. 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.

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    Lockdown Life

    We have also received donations to our museum which do not relate to our weekly theme. Please keep sending us your photographs and films.

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    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.

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    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. Each week we will be setting a theme for an online exhibition.

    We have had a great response to our first theme of kindness. See the gallery of our favourites here. If your image is not included we have still stored it in our digital archive for future generations.

    We have also had contributions which don’t respond to our theme. We’re really happy to receive these. We have opened another gallery for these contributions on the page above (or embed link to gallery?). We will update this from time to time.

    This week we are collecting photos or drawings of objects which represent the lockdown period to you. Bill from our curatorial team says:

    “As someone who looks after museum objects, I have come to 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?

    For me, there are two. One is the beautiful rainbow my daughter made for her Grandma and Grandad’s window. The other is my bike. When I reached a certain age I bought bike, but for several years it sat, neglected in the shed. Now, suddenly, it has become my friend and escape route to precious freedom and peace.”