LOCAL NEWS: ‘Corona Diary’ to Capture Individual Experiences Across Dorset


Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts might not be able to offer live performances and events right now but their new project aims to capture the human experience of lockdown during coronavirus across the county. 

Recognising that this unprecedented series of events should be captured for posterity, the project’s purpose is to collate a range of experiences of the crisis in Dorset, from the perspective of people from a variety of backgrounds. 

The project is the result of a collaboration between the Dorset History Centre and Lighthouse, Poole and after a call-out for contributing diarists last week, it appears to be well underway. 

Maria Gayton, the Community Engagement Officer at Dorset History Centre commented: “Following a fantastic response from the people of Dorset we have the makings of a uniquely rich and varied archive of these unprecedented times as experienced by local people from different ages and backgrounds. 

“It will be fascinating to see how the project develops but thanks to the number and range of prospective diarists who have expressed an interest we are unable to take any further contributors.”

Once complete, the ‘Corona Diary’ will form part of the Dorset archive collections and will be available for interpretation as a future artwork. 


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