Ipswich residents are being asked to share personal stories and images with Picture Ipswich to preserve this moment in time for future generations.
Picture Ipswich have launched a Picture Ipswich At Home: The Ipswich Covid-19 Experience that will consist of images and stories told by the Ipswich community.
Local Disaster Management Group deputy chair Councillor Kate Kunzelmann said the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live our lives.
“We want to capture this unique moment in time by asking residents to send their images and stories to Picture Ipswich,” Cr Kunzelmann said.
“This collection will give a glimpse of what life was like in Ipswich during the Covid-19 pandemic for generations to come and show the impact it has had on our lives.
“We are asking people to tell us about their personal experiences since the coronavirus was first reported, through isolation to now.”
Picture Ipswich are also collecting oral histories and stories. There are a list of questions (below) you can answer by using a video call app, or write the answers and send to email, Picture Ipswich Facebook page or Instagram #PictureIpswichAtHome.
These images and stories will become part of the Picture Ipswich Archive.
While many may want to forget the last few months and return to some kind of normal, it is important to capture our experience of this global event now.
“This is a really unique set of circumstances has had a significant impact on the community, by submitting your images and stories we can build an archive to reflect on in years to come” Cr Kunzelmann said.
Picture Ipswich At Home: The Ipswich Covid-19 Experience
Date of recording; Name; Age; Location (suburb); Job/Profession; If a student, grade / area of study
Since late December 2019, when Covid-19 was first reported, through the introduction of social distancing and Stay At Home orders, to today, as restrictions are beginning to be lifted, what thoughts and emotions have you experienced?
What measures have you taken to keep yourself safe from the virus?
Do you think you will keep any of these habits after the pandemic is over?
How has your daily routine changed during the pandemic?
What are you missing most during lockdown? (e.g. interacting with people, grocery items)
The next set of questions are about working from home, home schooling and essential workers. Please answer the questions best suited to your situation.
Have you lost any work during lockdown?
What impact has this had on you and your family?
Working from Home
How has your job changed?
Where did you set-up your new work station?
How are you interacting with colleagues?
How has your workplace changed?
What preventive measures have been taken for you to be able to work safely?
How has your work changed?
What grades are your children in?
How have you managed working from home with supervising your children’s home schooling?
How have your children adjusted to learning from home?
How have you been coping with the social distancing and isolation?
How are you keeping yourself and your family occupied and entertained at home? (TV/movies, books, games, hobbies, physical activity)
How are you keeping in touch with family and friends, particularly those who are older?
Have you had any family, work, or community events cancelled or postponed because of social distancing?
How have you marked events, like birthdays, Easter, Anzac Day, or funerals, whilst maintaining social distancing?
During the different stages of the pandemic, how have you felt when leaving your house and entering a public space?
When you have been in a public space (i.e. grocery shopping) have you noticed a change in the way you and others interact to maintain social distancing?
Do you feel ready to return to your pre-pandemic routine?
In years to come, when this is all over, what will you tell your children and grandchildren about this experience?
What, if anything, will you miss from this period of social distancing?
What is the one thing you want to do most when the virus has been controlled?