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MAKING HISTORY: A new project looks to collect memories of the current pandemic across Three Rivers

 Published on: 13th May 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

People in Chorleywood and across Three Rivers are encouraged to record personal experiences and observations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is part of a project run by Three Rivers Museum Trust along with Rickmansworth Historical Society and it will help people to remember how neighbourhoods, areas and communities have been affected by the virus.

Fabian Hiscock, designated chairman of the museum said: “We live in truly historic times. When COVID-19 has faded, as eventually it will, its legacy will be with us for some time, perhaps permanently. 

“We who have lived through it have a chance to capture what’s happening, so that those who come after us will know how it all felt at the time.

“There are many schemes for doing this nationally, but local people have the chance to record our personal experiences and our observations of what we see around us.

“Anyone can contribute, by keeping a diary which they might later like to pass in to make up a really historic record. Much of what historians value highest is the recorded personal recollection.

“Some of what’s recorded will be deeply personal and, especially where people we love have been lost, very painful; but these will be the more important for that, even if not for public sharing.”

People might record their experiences by using for example a diary, or a notebook, sheets of loose paper; a computer file, or an audio recording and then send it to the museum.

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