Institution collates community’s responses to pandemic

Keep Smiling, Support Local and Tough Now, Terrific Soon were pieces of art that were left...
Keep Smiling, Support Local and Tough Now, Terrific Soon were pieces of art that were left outside by local residents from Arrowtown during lockdown. PHOTOS: LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM
Staff at the Lakes District Museum have been capturing the impact of Covid-19 on the Arrowtown community.

Projects manager Jane Peasey said the team was on the hunt for photos, poems, art and letters — any material that would show future generations how residents lived through this global pandemic.

"We feel like we are living through history at the minute and for us museum types it is really important that we capture what is happening.

"We feel we have an obligation to keep collecting the history that is happening now."

That included a warts and all approach.

Items of note included heart-warming poems and stones painted with positive messages — but some harsh comments were also directed at those the contributors saw to be breaching bubbles or not following lockdown protocols.

Mrs Peasey said the overwhelming theme was a sense of community.

"We want to know how the reacted, how they felt, how they dealt with it. But most people just seemed really happy and lucky that they lived here."

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