York Castle Museum


The highs, the lows, the memorable and the mundane – York Castle Museum is inviting people to contribute to Yorkshire’s  largest Time Capsule to document their thoughts on living through a pandemic for future generations.

In March 2020 social distancing regulations were brought in to force across the UK to manage the spread of the virus COVID-19These measures have had a profound impact on the way we live our lives. 

York Castle Museum is the home of the National Collection of Everyday Life. Today we are inviting you to work with us to enrich our collection by capturing your experiences of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We want you to record and share  your everyday personal experience of and reactions to the COVID-19 lockdown to help us create Yorkshire’s largest COVID-19 time capsule.

This project is for everyone. You can capture your own experiences, as a household, or with your class at school or nursery. 

Download the task sheets here.

How will it work? 

Your project will be made up of a series of activity tasks that we have set you. You can choose which activities you complete and how you complete them.  

All of the activities can be completed using a smart phone or a computer and we ask you to upload your completed activities through a link we will send you so that YMT can keep a digital version of your time capsule 

Alternatively, you are welcome to create a physical record instead which you can bring in to York Castle Museum when we re-open. 

Sign up to take part HERE

If you do not have an email address, please call 01904 687687 and we can post a copy of the project to you.  

For more information you can contact us at behindthescenes@ymt.org.uk