Collecting COVID

We’re seeking to collect images, first-hand experiences and objects to reflect Island life during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to contribute to the project by submitting a photograph please ensure it is at least 1MB in size and includes a caption.

The ‘Collecting COVID Isle of Man’ project will enable us to understand and record the human dimension of the COVID-19 tragedy and keep a record of this extraordinary period to enable future generations to learn about and understand our pandemic experience.

We are seeking to collect both physical and digital objects such as photographs, journals and first-hand accounts reflecting the impact of COVID-19 on the Manx people.

In the first instance we are asking the community to share with us personal photographs and accounts which reflect their experiences of living through this extraordinary period and also to reflect how Island life has changed.

Examples might include photographs of queues outside shops, food delivery parcels from people in masks and gloves, innovative home schooling and children entertainment solutions, street art supporting our key workers, key workers in PPE keeping the Island safe – anything that helps to tell the story of life during the pandemic.

What do you think should become part of the national collection? We would like to represent a broad range of people and experiences in our Collecting COVID project – from front line key workers, to those working quietly in the background, to those following the Stay Home-Stay Safe message.

In addition to photographs and digital material, we are also asking people to keep hold of physical objects that might reflect this period for potential donation to the collection at a future date.

If you would like to contribute to this new collecting project please email your photographs and accounts to

All submissions will be discussed by our Collections Team when our sites reopen and you may be contacted for more information.

Find out more about Collecting COVID Isle of Man.

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