The Covid-19 Collection
Tullie House Museum has collected the history of Carlisle and Cumbria for over 125 years. Our collections tell the stories of the people who have lived, loved, worked and died here. We collect to remember what has happened, so that we learn from our past and use it to inform our future.
The museum, along with many public buildings, businesses and workplaces is closed in order to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we think that it is vital for us to collect and record the current situation as it evolves, in particular how it has been experienced by you, our local communities. This moment is your moment and the stories of Covid-19 are your stories. For that we need your help.
We are asking you to send us photos that will help to tell the story of Cumbria during the current pandemic. In particular, we would like to collect 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
Please do NOT travel to take photographs. We will only accept photographs taken by people who took photographs during essential travel or daily exercise.
We would be really grateful if you could send your photos to our team at CuratorialEnquiries@TullieHouse.org along with the following information:
- Your name
- Your address and contact details
- Where and when you took the photograph
- Why you took the photograph (if there is a particular reason that you thought it was interesting, or meant something to you)
By sending us your photo, you are confirming that you are happy for us to accession the photo, along with your details, into our collection, meaning that we can copy and use it for research, display and any other purpose we feel is appropriate. Due to staff furlough, we will not be able to reply to your email immediately, but we hugely appreciate each and every photograph that you send. We will be in touch as soon as we are able to get back to work to discuss any further details and complete some simple paperwork (which confirms your donation of the photograph to the museum).