Living through lockdown

Living through lockdown is a new project run by Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens which aims to capture your memories and experiences of living through the coronavirus lockdown.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives in Harlow. Our families, friends and work colleagues have become untouchable and unfamiliar technology is now an essential lifeline to ‘see’ those we love. We have spent the majority of our days in the confines of our house, having to build completely new routines, whilst managing worries about our health, jobs and the future.

 At Harlow Museum, we feel it’s important to mark this period of overwhelming change to our lives. To do this, we would like to begin building an archive of your memories and experiences. We would like you to share a photo, film, piece of writing or an object that you feel has helped you get through this uncertain time in your life.

What you can share

Anything! From a teabag to a song lyric, whatever you think has helped you through this period, no matter how random it seems. Some suggestions could be a memorable picture, an item from a new hobby you took up or evidence of a kind gesture you received. The item can be in the form of a photo, a film, piece of writing or a physical object. The most important thing is that it has been helpful to you personally. 

How to get involved

There are a couple of different ways you can share your experiences.

You can email us at or you can share on our Facebook page

In your email or Facebook post you’ll need to include:

  • details of what you’d like to share
  • a short explanation of why it has helped you
  • a photo (if possible and relevant)

If you have any questions you can email us.

We are collecting photos, films and writing now. For physical objects, we’d like you to contact us with information about these now, and when it is safe to reopen, the Harlow Museum team will contact you to arrange collection.