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Bucks council urges resident to keep a diary

They want people to write down their lives at the moment.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 7:55am 26th April 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks council urges resident to keep a diary

As a month of lockdown restrictions pass Bucks council have sent out an appeal. 

The new unitary authority want the people of Buckinghamshire to document their lives at the moment. 

Normal life has been dramatically changed and the council want people to show their new normal for future generations. 

People are being asked to document their daily lives in a way they feel comfortable, which could be bullet point or full entries. 

All entries will be submitted to the archives team and will be securely stored for use in the future by researchers. 

Gareth Williams, Buckinghamshire Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Culture, said:

"This is a very difficult and challenging time for the whole country and it is impacting us all in many different ways. For the vast majority, life has been turned upside down, and this is an unprecedented moment in our country's history. 

"It is important we record details of this major event and keeping a diary is a brilliant way for future generations to get an insight into how the coronavirus outbreak has affected people on an individual level. We all know the stats will be recorded but it's also important future researchers understand how this situation has impacted people on a personal level, how they feel about what is happening and how we have all had to adapt in different ways.  

"We would be delighted to accept any diary submissions once this is over and please do contact our archives team if you have any questions."

Entries can be done digitally or on paper and can cover thoughts, feelings, facts or even the weather.

Bucks Council provided the following pointers for people to think about:

  • Try a daily log with bullet points
  • Write about the weather
  • Include descriptions of what you have been doing each day
  • What are you missing about daily life?
  • Write about the news
  • Write about how you are feeling, including your worries and fears
  • Include colour, drawings and sketches if you want to

They want it to be something the whole family can take part in so different generations are reflected and want people to know it isn't a test and is instead about recording life for people in Bucks at the moment. 

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