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    We are living through a global pandemic the like of which has not been experienced for over 100 years. The Devon Heritage Centre (DHC) is keen to amass an archive of COVID-19 related material and has issued a guidance note (an edited version can be accessed here https://bit.ly/2KvapBt).

    In essence, the DHC would like volunteers to collect any printed material (shop notices, parish newsletters, sports club notes, school circulars etc.) relating to impacts on normal life as a result of the coronavirus. We can use this Forum to exchange information on what has been received/photographed/collected that could be forwarded to the DHC when it reopens and ‘normal’ life resumes.

    This initiative falls perfectly within the DA History Sections “Tomorrow’s History” project announced yesterday (see Latest Activity).

    To start this off, I saw an advisory poster at the entrances to the Great Plantation in the Liverton/Bovey Tracey area. I’m not sure whether the message is rhetorical or existential….

    • This topic was modified 2 years ago by JM. Reason: moved the images in-house

    I walked through the deserted town centre of Newton Abbot the other day and snapped some of the wide diversity of Closed because of Coronavirus notices on the shop doors and windows. They vary from central-office-provided notices to what look like hastily scribbled notes in marker pen. Most exhort their customers to take care, but a few seem more concerned to emphasise that there’s no money left in the shop.
    Some are already coming unstuck from the glass and starting to fade in the sun.


    It’s that sort of material that the archive will be interested to record.


    For completeness, here’s the relevant page on the South West Heritage Trust’s website: https://swheritage.org.uk/devon-archives/coronavirus-community-archive/

    And for DA members, our History Section’s ‘Tomorrow’s History’ project announcement is here: https://devonassoc.org.uk/history-section/tomorrows-history/

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