Oldham’s Lockdown Museum and Lockdown Letters

Oldham’s Lockdown Museum is a digital project to collect a snapshot of what life is like in our local area during the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been living through an extraordinary period in time when our world, our town and our own lives have seen some incredible changes. We are asking for your help to record and explore this time so we can share our digital time capsule with future generations of Oldham residents.

During this third lockdown, we are asking you to carry on sending us your photos of life in the borough. If you prefer to write about your experiences then by all means send us words. Upload them via the link at the bottom of this page. Do keep sending us your photos as spring starts to creep through the borough. Here is our Spring gallery with the “donations” we have received so far:

Here are some of the winter photos you have sent us. We are loving the pictures of snow on the hills, and the ways in which you have been keeping yourselves busy inside. Annis has made a lovely cheery rug, from her own design. And Hilary’s creative solution to playing board games with friends via Zoom is a great idea. We have also included a few Christmas pictures.

Here are the photos you have sent us of you going about your day in your masks.

Tell us how you’re passing the time now that the days are shorter and the weather is colder. Is there a TV programme which is getting you through? Have you finally got round to that new craft? Are you doing the same daily walk as in the spring and noticing the changing seasons? Have you got any new soup recipes, or faithful favourites?

This is your museum telling the story of your lives, and we need you to decide what we should be recording to preserve this part of out history. Upload your “donations” to our museum at the bottom of this page.

From May – July we asked you to send us images of your life in the local area during Lockdown. We published nine digital exhibitions: Lockdown Life, Kindness, Objects, Making, Changes, Messages, Nature, Sport and Work. During August we asked you to send us pieces of writing, your ‘Lockdown Letters’. So far 80 people have sent us over 300 images and pieces of writing which are the beginnings of a brilliant archive which will help us tell future generations what life was like here during a global pandemic.


Here are a selection of images which you have sent us. View the Lockdown Letters.

How you can take part in Oldham’s Lockdown Museum and Oldham’s Lockdown Letters

We will continue to collect your words and images during the pandemic. Please send us anything which you think would help future generations find out about our lives now. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and upload your image and its caption via our form. We would like you to send us photos of anything which represents your life during the Covid-19 pandemic, either from earlier in the year or now.

Send something into Oldham’s Lockdown Museum

This form is designed to allow you to send us your submission for our online exhibition.

This includes entries for Oldham’s Lockdown Museum and our Lockdown Letters Digital Time Capsule

If you are under the age of 18, you will need to ask a guardian or parent to upload it for you.

If you are submitting a film, please provide a URL from which we can download it. To do this you can use a service such as Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or a free filesharing service such as FileBin.