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Living History Archive Project & Trafford schools

In addition to our archive project 'Living History: Our Lives in Lockdown', the Trafford Local Studies Centre is working closely with schools across the borough, in order to create a record of student experiences throughout the lockdown. 

Open to both primary- and secondary-level classes, we are asking students to document how they have responded to the current coronavirus pandemic. We are particularly interested in capturing how they respond to being home, the changes to their daily routines, as well as their general mood and feelings.  

The project is very flexible, and can either take place over the course of a single assignment, or multiple days. We have come up with a series of questions for each level which might help get students started. 

For all levels, responses could take the form of pieces of writing, journal entries, photographs, drawings, collages (to name a few). Essentially, anything which engages with the students and maximises their abilities to respond!


We welcome responses to any or all of the below questions, as well as any others which teachers might find suitable.

Primary School

 

About me:

What is your name?

How old are you?

Who is at home with you?

 

All of the following questions are optional. Please write as little or as much as you like.

What did you do today?

Who did you see?

What did you do for fun?

What do you do on weekends? What do you do on weekdays?

How do you feel about staying at home?

What do you worry about?

What makes you happy?

Secondary School

 

Please tell us about yourself:

What is your name?

What is your age, and what school do you go to?

Who do you share your home with?

 

All of the following questions are optional. Please write as little or as much as you like.

How do you spend your days at home?

How do your weekdays differ from your weekends?

Who do you talk to?

How has staying at home affected your school work?

How has staying at home affected life for your family and friends?

How do you feel about these changes to your routine?

What changes do you enjoy, or are you grateful for?

What do you worry about?


Please be reminded that, unless otherwise directed, all submissions will be protected by GDPR and other government privacy regulations. Therefore, these records will be closed to the public for a period of 50 years.

If you are interested in learning more about our 'Living History' Archive Project, please feel free to contact our office via the Contact us page.