Tullie House Museum plans to collect the experience of the Coronavirus crisis and preserve this time in history.

The museum, along with many public buildings, businesses and workplaces is closed in order to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic. However, curators at the museum are still working to collect and record how the current situation is being experienced by our local communities.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery has collected the history of Carlisle and Cumbria for over 125 years. Their collections tell the stories of the people who have lived, loved and worked in the region. The collections are used to remember what has happened, so that we can learn from the past and use it to inform the future. This latest collection drive is an important part of continuing this work.

Gabrielle Heffernan, Curatorial Manager at Tullie House says: “It’s vital to collect people’s experiences of this pandemic so that we can tell the story of Cumbria during the current crisis. This is a global situation, but every person’s experience is different - we want to ensure that local stories are at the heart of our record of this crisis. For that we need your help. This moment is your moment and the stories of Covid-19 are your stories.”

Tullie House is asking people to send photos that will help to tell the Cumbrian Coronavirus story. In particular, the museum is asking for photos of:

  • Signs and symbols of support (for example, NHS rainbows)
  • Information signs (for example notices and signs posted on local buildings)
  • Carlisle during lockdown
  • Wildlife during lockdown

The museum is urging people not to travel to take photographs and will only accept those taken by people who took photographs during essential travel or daily exercise.

Any photos should be sent to the curatorial team at CuratorialEnquiries@TullieHouse.org along with the following information:

  • Name
  • Address and contact details
  • Where and when the photograph was taken
  • Why they photograph was taken (if there is a reason it was interesting, or meant something to the photographer)