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Lockdown Life

East Grinstead Museum needs your help to document life in lockdown, in our town. Send us your photographs or short films of daily life, both at home and in the town, stories of local individuals who have made a difference, creative works inspired by the lockdown, or even a short diary entry about this unique moment.

Scroll down the page to find further details on each of these areas.

We are keen to capture diverse experiences - sad or joyful - and to reflect East Grinstead's diversity. Contributions are welcomed from people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Using these collected items, the museum plans to create an exhibition documenting how COVID-19 impacted life in East Grinstead and the surrounding villages.

We won't let tech get in the way - if you've a story to tell and are not sure how to send or get it to us, just give us a call. on 01342 302233.

Image courtesy of Rebecca Fowle

A snapshot of life in lockdown

Help us capture a snapshot of life in East Grinstead during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking for images or short films of life at home or in town, that show how your life has changed; your new daily routines, new challenges, or the small things you’ve come to appreciate in the past few months.

Perhaps your street held amazing NHS claps or a threw fantastic socially-distanced VE day 75 anniversary celebration?

We’d love to see your best images and footage. We’ll share some of your images and footage on our social media and in our exhibition.

Image courtesy of Giles Photographer

COVID Kindness

What acts of kindness have lifted your spirits during the Covid-19 pandemic?

If you know someone who went above and beyond to help others, we want to hear from you. Tell us about the child who painted a special picture for a surgery waiting room, the teen who took out the rubbish for people on your street or the adult who set up a new community group.

We’d love to hear your stories about those people who have made all the difference.

We’ll share some of your stories on our social media and in other Lockdown Life initiatives. If you can accompany your text with a high-res photo, even better.

Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash


Were you able to get creative during lockdown? Did you take up painting, make crafts, write poetry or record a pandemic song? Are your facemask designs a work of art? We’re looking to collect drawings, poems, paintings and other creative work that capture the spirit of life in lockdown.

You can submit photographs of your artwork to the museum or the artwork itself.

Photo by russn_fckr on Unsplash

Rainbow Magic

Rainbow drawings have become an iconic symbol of the COVID-19 Pandemic, thanking keyworkers and the NHS and bringing cheer to us all. We are now keen to collect in your rainbows to form part of a new collection and temporary exhibition.

You can submit photographs of the rainbow drawings, or the drawings themselves.

Image courtesy of Denny Cliff

The Lockdown Diaries

From grief, fear and frustration to grateful, loving and reflective, we have felt it all in lockdown. Reading back your diaries, are there passages that stand out to you, as capturing an important moment in time? Perhaps they express how you were feeling at the time, or are revealing about your changing levels of understanding or acceptance of the situation?

If you are happy to go public with up to three short extracts from your private diary, we would love to receive it.

Photo by Content Pixie on Unsplash

COVID Conversations

Share with us a recorded conversation about the experience of life in lockdown.

Get together with a friend, colleague, family member or someone you admire in the community to record a conversation about how the pandemic has impacted your life or work. What’s been most difficult? When were you most fearful? Have their been moments of happiness? And how are you feeling now? We’d love to collect your 5 minute ‘deep and meaningfuls.’