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‘Chesterfield in Lockdown’

Chesterfield residents are being invited to share their stories of life in lockdown – which could be featured in an exhibition at Chesterfield Museum.

After seeing the anniversary of the first national lockdown, the team at the Museum are appealing to the local community to get in touch with stories, memories, images and items that express their experiences of the pandemic.

The museum hopes that by working with local people, community groups and organisations, they will be able to show the different lockdown experiences in a unique exhibition – ‘Chesterfield in Lockdown’ - which families can enjoy when the museum can re-open.

Also residents are also invited to send items that remind them of lockdown, eg: hand sanitisers, handmade face-masks, paintings and pictures that have been created, and everything in between.

Alyson Barnes, tourism, museums and events manager at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “Over the past year, the way we live our lives has been impacted in ways we could have never imagined. We have been living through the days and seeing history unfold.

“We’re really keen to capture what this time has meant to people. This could be something creative, something really important to you, or a more light-hearted memory or object that will remind you of this time. We’re really looking forward to hearing your stories about your own experiences.”

If you would like to contribute please contact the Museum Collections Team via or

In addition to the planned exhibition, Chesterfield Museum is promoting a new borough wide art project to create something unique, which will be used to reflect on lockdown for many years to come.

The team at the museum are creating a wall hanging - a textile artwork made up of fabric squares, that will commemorate a shared narrative of lockdown in our town, and want people, across the borough to get involved and create their own fabric square.

People can create their own square which can be sewn, knitted, decorated, designed, painted, dyed or printed and send to Lockdown Textile Project, Chesterfield Museum, St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield, S41 7TD by the end of August 2021.

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