Lockdown Life project launched to preserve 'unique moment in history' in Milton Keynes

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The city's Living Archive charity is asking for people's lockdown stories to create a project that will go down in history.

Lockdown Life MK is asking for volunteers to be interviewed about how they coped with lockdown and how it changed their lives.

The end result will be a Covid-19 archive documenting the lives of Milton Keynes citizens for researchers in the future,

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"At Living Archive MK we believe that everyone has a story to tell," said a spokesman. "We want to hear about your experiences - are you still working? Have you been furloughed? Calling all teachers, doctors, nurses, shop workers, delivery drivers, homeschoolers, homeworkers, exam-sitters, school leavers, shielders – please share how your life has changed."

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The spokesman added: "We are all living through a unique moment in history and it's really important that people’s experiences are valued, preserved and shared to create a valuable archive resource for local people and future researchers."

Eventually, the interviews will be used to inform other creative works, such as short films, exhibitions, drama pieces, books or songs to be shared with Milton Keynes residents and the wider online community.

Interviews will be recorded by Zoom to keep people safe, said the spokesman.

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If you are interested in taking part in Lockdown Life MK and giving an interview, please email [email protected] and include a brief description of your experiences during lockdown.

The project has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation.

Living Archive MK is a creative cultural development charity that works with with partner organisations across the city, creating powerful expressions of Milton Keynes’ social history; digital stories, oral histories, curated exhibitions, living history events, documentary films, books and multi-disciplinary arts projects.

They have been making documentary artworks and helping to build local communities since 1984.

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