Collecting COVID

We’re seeking to collect images, first-hand experiences and objects that reflect Island life during the COVID pandemic.

The ‘Collecting COVID Isle of Man’ project will enable Manx National Heritage to record and document the human dimension of the pandemic as experienced on the Island and will enable future generations to learn about and understand our experience.

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

Since the project launched in May 2020 we have had over 150 individual submissions, including over 500 photographs. We are asking the community to continue 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.

We would like to represent a broad range of people and experiences – from front line essential workers, to those working quietly in the background, to those in self isolation or shielding, those home schooling and/or home working, and to understand how we as a community have adapted.

In addition to photographs and digital material, Manx National Heritage is also asking people to keep hold of physical objects/archives that might reflect this period for potential donation to the collection at a future date.

If you would like to contribute to this record of our history for future generations please email your photographs and accounts to

All submissions will be discussed by Manx National Heritage’s 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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