Call for materials for ‘Covid-19 Lockdown Collection’ archive

by Gazette Reporter

Dublin City Library and Archive is issuing a call to people all over the city to submit materials documenting their experience of living through the coronavirus.

The items will be considered for inclusion in a new archive entitled the ‘Covid-19 Lockdown Collection’.

The pandemic, and the unprecedented restrictions which have come with it, represent an historic moment in the life of the city. The archive will ensure that a true picture of how the people of Dublin fared during this time is preserved for future generations.

The type of materials sought includes: letters or emails from frontline staff and businesses; heart-warming stories; photographs showing the impact of the lockdown on work; signs or artwork placed in windows; accounts of a typical day under lockdown; accounts from people who were hospitalised with the virus.

Mairéad Owens, City Librarian, said: Our city is a community of different experiences at this time. We want to capture ‘history in the making’ in our capital city and create an historic archive that will reflect all of their experiences.”

Those interested in contributing to the archive can do so via post or email: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, D02 HE37. Email:

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