This is a Senior’s Week initiative of the Derwent Valley Council in support of the Covid19 Stories Project; a partnership between Tasmanian Archives - Libraries Tasmania - and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Capturing the experience of Seniors during COVID-19
Make a contribution to help capture this moment so future generations can understand the Tasmanian experience of the pandemic from the perspective of Derwent Valley seniors. Your ‘story’ might be photos, writing, art or objects that you are willing to donate.
How to contribute:
Read these FAQs for answers to any queries you may have.
Get your ideas flowing
Reflect on the following:
- Your regular routine: describe a typical day during this pandemic.
- Stuck at home: How did your world shrink or change during the pandemic?
- Supplies: Hoarding toilet rolls, pasta, baked beans, flour and powdered milk. How did the empty supermarket shelves and limits on supplies affect you? What was your experience of shopping like? Did you go without anything?
- What changed: Sometimes when something is gone or we’re forced to change the way we do things, we realise how much it meant to us or what we may have learnt: What did you lose? What did you find or connect with? Were you forced to change the way you did anything? Eg ordering groceries or staying in touch with family or friends.
- Thoughts on the future: How long will this go for? Will Tasmania/the world change once we get a vaccine? How do you think this experience will change our community?
Create your ‘story’
You might write words or create sketches/images in response to the above - this can be your submission.
Your reflections might prompt you to tell a deeper story, collect objects or create artwork to share. Write notes to accompany these items.
If you prefer to tell your story over the phone, call the number provided to make time for a conversation.
Give your consent
Please complete this Donor Consent Form and include when you submit your ‘story’. Permission is required for all submissions because they will go into the State Archive collection and may be made accessible to the public.
You can choose any of the following options to donate your ‘story’…
- Email material to: email@example.com
- Call 0438 072 880: Julia Goss, Literacy Coordinator, New Norfolk Library.
Julia can help with filling-out the Donor Form and/or to tell your story over the phone.*
- Post to:
COVID-19 Stories from Home
Care of: Community Development Officer
Derwent Valley Council
PO Box 595
- Home collection: (subject to staff/volunteer availability)
Corumbene Home Care clients please contact Jo Dobson, Ph: 6261 7330 or M: 0484 248 172.
Others please contact Council’s Community Development Officer Bec Tudor, Ph: 6261 8560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org *
* These options available until 30 October 2020 only. All other submission options are available until 31 December 2020.