Looking into the future - Be a part of Hampshire’s history as it unfolds

Hampshire residents are being invited to be a part of a rare history project with Hampshire Archives and Local Studies and Wessex Film and Sound Archive, documenting how lives have changed during these extraordinary months of living through a global pandemic

May 29 2020

Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage at Hampshire County Council, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “We are all living through an exceptional time not just in Hampshire, but nationally and globally. As caretakers of documents spanning more than 1,000 years, Hampshire Archives and Local Studies is inviting people to submit their stories for a project preserving details of this unprecedented period.”


The ‘Making History’ project is welcoming written, audio or video accounts – anonymous or not – of life during and after the pandemic. Photographs can also be submitted as well as leaflets, posters, newsletters or similar items issued by Hampshire organisations such as local government, schools, businesses and voluntary or community organisations.


A parallel project - ‘Making History: Making Movies’ - is seeking film content that reflects people’s experience of life generally in 2020. Five minutes of film (edited, or a straight 5 minutes) can be submitted, to form part of this larger 2-year project to showcase the work of amateur filmmakers from 1920 to the present day. 
Councillor Woodward continued: “These are really exciting initiatives. Those who come forward can have their snapshot of life in Hampshire in 2020 recorded in the archives for future generations to see, as part of our shared history.”


Register your interest in taking part in Making History by emailing archives.enquiries@hants.gov.uk 


Hampshire Archives and Local Studies, based at Hampshire Record Office along with Wessex Film and Sound Archive, is currently closed, so please do not bring items, or send items in the post, until we re-open. This information will be available on our website at www.hants.gov.uk/archives.


For further details about the project, visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/archives/collections/collecting-covid19-archives.