A new exhibition being hosted by the Museum of Gloucester aims to capture people’s memories and experiences of a ‘Life in Lockdown’.
Launching online on Thursday December 3, the exhibition will comprise of submissions from the public around the county, recording people’s experiences in what has proven to be an unprecedented year. Submissions to the ‘A Life in Lockdown’ digital exhibition include everything from beautiful images of the countryside and the county's crowd-free towns, to empty supermarket shelves and playgrounds, really representing the period from March - August 2020.
The exhibition was put together following a call out from the museum to the people of Gloucestershire, to share the different ways that they coped with the measures designed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. It captured people’s imaginations and organisers at the museum received hundreds of entries from all age groups, which they are delighted to be able to share all entries submitted in the new exhibition.
As part of the exhibition, visitors to the online show will be asked to vote for the overall ‘People’s Choice’ award on images/categories, with more details to follow in the New Year.
The Museum of Gloucester has recently received funding from the South West Museum Development (SWMD) Recovery Grant scheme, supported with funding from Art Fund and Arts Council England. We are also delighted to announce Gloucester Guildhall and the Museum of Gloucester have been awarded a joint grant from the Cultural Recovery fund at this critical time. Both grants will be used to improve the museum’s and Guildhall’s knowledge about how best to attract and engage its visitors.
Cllr Steve Morgan, cabinet member for culture at Gloucester City Council, said: “Lockdown has presented us all with many challenges and has made many of us think about what’s really important to us. As a cultural institution, it’s the museum’s job to reflect the lives of our residents and the effect that stand-out events like those of 2020 have had on our lives. I hope that as many people as possible will log on to enjoy this exhibition and then come and visit us when they are able.”