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Maidstone Museum launches lockdown snapshot exhibition image

Maidstone Museum has launched its virtual exhibition project to capture and preserve images or videos as a snapshot of how people in the borough of Maidstone have been affected by and coped with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Called ‘Maidstone Apart Together,’the Museum is asking people to send in a snapshot of how the lockdown period has affected them and the way they live or work.

The themes of the exhibition will include:

  • Social distancing
  • Social isolation
  • Home working
  • Home schooling
  • Communicating with friends and family
  • Boredom busters

Alex Gurr, Maidstone Museum Exhibitions Development Officer, said:

“Everyone across the borough of Maidstone has been affected by COVID-19 in some way.  It’s our job as a museum to capture and record how it affected people for future generations to look back and reflect on, and to understand what we’ve all been through.

“Obviously with the current situation, there are many negative impacts and associations with the lockdown, but we’re also looking for the innovative, light-hearted, possibly eccentric ways people of all ages have coped too. We would really like to grab a snapshot of the different things they have been doing, how they have coped and are feeling during lockdown.”

The pieces will be used to create a series of videos covering each theme and will be available to view on Maidstone Museum’s website and YouTube channel from 15 June 2020.

The project is looking for photos, videos or artwork to be sent to by 31st May 2020.

Anyone who would like to provide pieces for the exhibition are asked to include:

  • The theme covered
  • First name
  • Age
  • A brief description of how your piece reflects your feelings of lockdown

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