Covid- 19 Time Capsule Project

A team at the Library of Birmingham are trying to gather a digital and physical collection of how people have been spending lockdown so that in “years to come we can all reflect on how we were feeling, what we were doing to cope and of course our hopes for the future.”

2020 is certainly set to change our lives and the world around us.

This Covid-19 Time Capsule Project is aimed at helping us all, young and old, process the interesting times we find ourselves in.

We would love to know how you and your family have been spending lockdown. We are hoping to gather a digital and physical collection so that in years to come, we can all reflect on how we were feeling, what we were doing to cope and of course our hopes for the future.

This project is our way of helping to support our local community. Creative activities are a fantastic way to improve our well-being. Why not create some lockdown-related artwork, take up amateur photography or simply share how you are feeling?

If you’re looking for ways to keep your little ones occupied, this could be just the project for your little family. You could…

  • Get hand printing
  • Write some poetry
  • Fill in our handy template available via the links below (optional)
  • Take photos of your lockdown artwork or home projects

When you’ve finished getting creative, please:

  • Photograph your artwork, lockdown projects, handprints, journal entries and email them to
  • If using our template (Covid-19 Time Capsule Template 5-11 or Covid-19 Time Capsule Template Adults and 12+), you can simply edit, save and attach to an email
  • Put LoB Covid-19 Time Capsule Project in the Subject
  • Include the artist’s name, age and first part of your postcode e.g. B19
  • Add the contact details for the person that we can contact for physical exhibition purposes
  • Keep all original artwork safe—we may need this later for exhibition

Naturally, we are committed to safeguarding your privacy. All information collected is kept confidential, held securely, and used for the development and improvement of our services. It is not retained for longer than needed, unless there is a legal requirement. For information about Birmingham City Council’s Privacy Policy please see:

We would like to thank you in advance for your contributions. You will help us to document a phenomenally world-changing event and make an incredible celebration of our Birmingham and West Midlands community spirit.

LoB Express Covid-19 Time Capsule Team