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Life in Lockdown

Young Chinese crested dog with eyes of different colours wearing funny multi-coloured bobble hat and scarf, posing in winter park, looking at camera.
12 April 2021

How did you entertain yourself during lockdown? Did you make enough banana bread to build a fort? Knit matching outfits for all the family including the pets? Discover bits of your neighbourhood that no-one except you knows about? If so, Essex libraries need you! We’d like to invite you to contribute your personal examples of life in lockdown to a new exhibition. 

As libraries reopen, many of them* will be hosting a Life in Lockdown exhibition which aims to make a one-of-a-kind collage from the examples you lend us, each one unique to the community served by that library. You can contribute anything that someone has spent time making, learning, or experiencing during lockdown. It’s a celebration of creativity and ingenuity – all levels of expertise are accepted! 

Some examples are 

  • Knitted or crocheted objects 
  • Drawings or paintings (mounted if possible) 
  • Poems or songs 
  • Recipes 
  • Photos of created items, such as banana bread or painted stones; or photos of new places discovered on walks 
  • Photos of homework, gardening or decorating 

To contribute, simply take your item, or an image of your chosen piece to your nearest participating library by 10 May, and place it in the box near the front door. The item needs to be something that can be pinned or stapled to a display board; it should be no larger than A3 and should not depict people, or anything that enables someone to recognise your address. Your contact details should also be on the back of each item or attached via a label that can be hidden when the item is on display. 


It’s our intention to create a more permanent record in the form of a general exhibition featuring all the individual displays, and / or a YouTube film. By contributing items it’s understood that you agree to your contribution being used in this way. 


*all except Brentwood, Buckhurst Hill, Debden, Great Tarpots, Harlow, Harwich, Holland, Ingatestone, Loughton, Manningtree, Rayleigh, Rochford, Southminster, Stansted, Thaxted, Waltham Abbey, Walton, West Clacton, Wickham Bishops.