The East Riding Covid-19 Archive

(Editor’s note): This article was originally published in May 2020. Under the current Government lockdown restrictions (effective from 4th January 2021, the Archives service remains closed to visitors. We ask that you keep any items safely until such time as we can announce that the service is due to re-open. Thank you.

We are living in extraordinary times as the Covid-19 pandemic has changed how we interact with people and the world around us. Our lives have changed completely over the past few weeks and we are asking for your help in creating a permanent record of this for future generations.

A collection of your experiences
The Archives Service holds records covering many centuries of East Riding history. We would like your help collecting items to build a Covid-19 archive to show how your everyday life has been affected, including:

  • photographs
  • video-logs
  • diaries and journals
  • poetry or works of prose
  • leaflets, posters and handouts

The records can be in a written, printed or digital format.

How are you coping with being in lockdown? How has your local area and community changed? What does your day look like? We would like to hear from all members of our local East Riding community to create a full picture of how people are now living and working.

How to contribute:
We are currently following the Government health guidelines and the Archives Service in the Treasure House in Beverley is closed to visitors. We ask that you keep any items safely until we reopen and staff are available to take receipt of these. We will make a further announcement when the service is due to reopen.

Please contact us if you have any queries at

Hannah Stamp, Archivist

A quiet Toll Gavel, Beverley, looking down to Saturday Market, circa 1930s (archive ref DDX1525/1/10)

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