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Leiston Life During a Pandemic

The past few months have certainly been a shock and an uncertain time for everyone due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Most of our normal routines have been halted, such as going to work, on holiday or even just popping to the shops. Big events such as VE Day celebrations have been cancelled, along with many shops and businesses closing to reinforce social distancing.

A great many lives have been affected, though despite this great devastation that has come over us, there has been a wonderful display of kindness and community spirit shown by members in our community. From people showing their support for the NHS to neighbours helping make sure other neighbours are fed and taken care of if they are socially isolating by themselves. In times like these, communities must stick together.

Identifying that this pandemic will be looked at for decades to come, it is important to record what is happening during the moment. So, the Long Shop Museum would love to hear about your personal experiences during this pandemic here in Leiston. Why not send us items to archive and look back on in the future? Here are a few things you can do and send in to help us record history in the making:

  • Keep a journal or write poetry
  • Cards you have written to family and friends
  • Drawings, paintings or photographs
  • Newspaper clippings or online articles
  • Drawings/posters you have made in support of the NHS and key workers
  • Social media posts or memes you have made about the virus

Do you have an account of someone carrying out a kind act? Or maybe you helped a neighbour in need? Write it down and send it in! Or, if you think of something else that we haven’t mentioned here, feel free to send it our way. We will be collating everything and will produce either a pop-up display or an online display for the museum in the future.

You can email us at:

Paper items can be scanned and emailed to us, dropped off at a later date when it is deemed safe to do so, or, alternatively, you can mail us at:

The Long Shop Museum

Main St



IP16 4ES

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