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Remember my story - COVID-19

Remember my story - covid-19

HELP US SHARE HISTORY

We find ourselves living in a historic crisis, and years from now we’ll look back and want to know how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted our state and our communities. How did we deal with the crisis and how did it change us as a society? What was daily life like as we lived the experience?

The State Library of South Australia is looking for written documents, videos and photographs, audio recordings or illustrations in digital format, which will help tell this story to future generations. We would like to give you the opportunity to make your voice part of our archive.

We also ask that you assign the copyright of this work with the State Library so that we can enable your material to be used for teaching, research, exhibitions, in the media and community engagement. Before submitting your content you need to agree to the Terms and Conditions of the State Library of South Australia.

EXPLORE THE COLLECTION

UPLOAD YOUR STORY TODAY ...

Sign up to this website and contribute your photos, videos, documents and audio to the COVID-19 Collection via the following Community Contribution buttons:

ADD PHOTO ADD VIDEO ADD STORY ADD AUDIO

View the instructions: How to submit a file to Remember My Story: COVID-19 Collection.

Note: The Takedown Policy allows you to request the removal of material on any State Library website where you as a copyright owner have not given permission, or that relates to other specific matters.

IDEAS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Topics to collect can include but are not limited to, your experience of:

TOWNSCAPES

  • Empty streets.
  • Closed shops and businesses, including cinemas. 
  • Cafes and restaurants signage offering takeaways only. 
  • Closure of children’s playgrounds and adult fitness equipment in parks. 
  • COVID-19 signage. 
  • Facilities for the homeless. 
  • Lineups at Centrelink. 
  • Social distancing at aged care facilities.

RURAL COMMUNITIES

  • Material relating to rural communities requesting that tourists not visit their towns during the pandemic.

TRAVEL

  • Buses and trams (signage and small number of passengers). 
  • Empty parking lots. 
  • Petrol stations with signage showing low prices. 
  • Interstate border crossings. 
  • Roadblocks. 
  • Airports. 
  • Overseas passengers quarantined in hotels.

WORKING AND STUDYING AT HOME

  • Home offices.
  • Exercise breaks when working on a computer all day, every day.
  • Children doing home-schooling with support from parents.
  • Parents doing home activities with their children (showing them how to use a compass, set up a tent in the backyard, cook a meal).
  • Students using SLSA resources from our Education team.
  • University students studying online.

LEISURE AND FITNESS ACTIVITIES

  • Planting a “Victory Garden” at home. 
  • Arts and craft (quarantine knit a-longs, drawing and painting, needlework, sculpture). 
  • Nature walks. 
  • Exercising from YouTube classes or on home equipment. 
  • Home projects, like house painting, carpentry. 
  • Baking.
  • Reading and online book clubs. 
  • Playing music. 
  • Watching tv, Netflix, online streaming of operas, concerts and theatre.
  • Playing games, doing jigsaw puzzles. 
  • Children’s chalk drawings on sidewalks and roads. 
  • Teddy bears on mailboxes and in trees.
  • Adopting a pet from a shelter. 
  • Many South Australians have lost jobs interstate and have had to move back home to SA. This is particularly true of young people. It is also changing the way some professions now have to work, particularly in the mining industry and transportation. We would like to capture these stories too.

FOOD SUPPLY

  • Security at supermarkets. 
  • Social distancing marks on the floors of supermarkets.
  • Home delivery of groceries (both trucks delivering and boxes on doorsteps). 
  • Supermarket staff cleaning Eftpos terminals, disinfectant wipes on supermarket trolleys.
  • Signage asking people to be respectful to others.

HOLIDAYS AND EVENTS

  • Easter celebrations. 
  • ANZAC Day services from people’s driveways. 
  • Drive-by birthday celebrations.

MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Health care workers photographing their own experience, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dentists, pharmacists, GPs.