Living Knowledge blog

01 July 2020

The collecting continues

A sound engineer at a mixing desk.

During the Covid-19 pandemic teams from across the Library have been collecting audio, websites, diaries and testimony to capture experiences of lockdown and protect these resources as part of the national collection.

A snippet of what we’ve been collecting includes:

  • Off-air recordings from 17 television channels and up to 60 radio stations, including community radio stations. We’re capturing all of the daily government updates, news programmes and TV specials.
  • Over 3,000 websites (and counting) about the pandemic, with an open call continuing. The collection will eventually be freely available on the UK Web Archive Pandemic Outbreaks Collection
  • Unedited conversations from the Listening Project on Radio 4, which is now inviting people who don't know each other but who would like to get to know each better to have a conversation.
  • The Covid Chronicles; listener experiences of life during the coronavirus pandemic, in 400-words. All of them will be archived by the Library.

We’re also working on partnership projects to collect personal experiences from around the country, and creating a national database of coronavirus-related oral history and testimony projects. Do you have a collecting project? If so please submit details to camille.johnston@bl.uk.

We’ve also continued our work taking in items under legal deposit throughout lockdown, including newspapers, and will be working to catalogue these as we return to our buildings.