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Oldham's Lockdown Museum

Oldham’s Lockdown Museum is a new digital project to collect a snapshot of what life is like in our local area during the Covid-19 pandemic.

There is a saying: ‘Change is the only visible sign of life’ and what changes we’ve gone through.

Gallery Oldham is looking for objects that tell the story of life in lockdown so that we can share them with future generations.

Have you bought or made something unusual? What object sums up the changing world outside or the unchanging reality of staying at home?

Sometimes it is the most ordinary object that tells the most amazing story.

We’d love to share your experiences and ideas, and see pictures (photographs or drawings/paintings) of the objects that sum them up, whatever they are.

What's involved?

Each week we will set a theme for you to respond to. You are also welcome to send us Lockdown related images which don’t relate to the themes. We will exhibit our favourite entries in Oldham’s Lockdown Museum the following week.

Our first theme is ‘Kindness’.

Send us a portrait of a friend/family member/someone you know who is a key worker or volunteer during the Covid-19 pandemic. Respond however you like… it could be a photo, a drawing or a poem about them. Don’t forget to tell us who they are and what they’re doing to help us all. It could be your mum on the till at Tesco, your son who is a cleaner at the hospital or your neighbour who has been doing the shopping for others in the street.

Head to the Gallery Oldham website via the link below for further information and instructions on how to get involved.


Deadline for ‘Kindness’ submissions is 9am Monday 1st June.

Why get involved?

- Contribute to a special exhibition

- Share your story of your life during lockdown for fututre generations

- Create! Develop new and exisiting creative skills

How to get involved?

Step 1: Log in to your Take part account

Step 2 : Accept the challenge so we know you are taking part!

Step 3: Click on the link to the Gallery Oldham website for further instructions


Ideal Skills

  • Archiving
  • Design & Illustration
  • Photography
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Working with Children 0-5yrs
  • Working with Children 6 - 12yrs

Ideal Interests

  • Archiving
  • Creative and Arts
  • Learning and Education
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection

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