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Isolated but Inspired project will capture activities during coronavirus lockdown

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A community social media project is underway which collates and curates pictures, videos, artwork and sounds representing how people are spending their time during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ‘CV-19 IsolatedbutInspired’ campaign project, being run by the county council’s heritage and libraries participation team, is inviting people from across the county to share their photos and video clips, showing how they are living through the current lockdown.

The shared contributions will then be brought together to create a film which will act as a time capsule, demonstrating how people adapted and evolved, both socially and creatively.

Examples already submitted include clips of the #clapforcarers campaign and pictures of rainbows in windows, but the project is taking on many different themes as the catalyst for new activities and ideas.

Whether it’s seeking out heirlooms in the attic, sharing traditions that continue, or delving into new areas, such as TikTok videos, the participation team would like to see what people have been doing during their time in lockdown.

This is a difficult and turbulent time for everyone and what we all knew as day-to-day life has drastically changed. This campaign gives new meaning to adapting for the better.

“We want to continue to show that we are all in this together. Sharing content to show how individuals use different coping mechanisms and technology to see them through will be a testament to our time in these difficult circumstances. They will also be preserved for generations to come.

The campaign is live on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #CV19IsolatedbutInspired 

Once made, the film will be showcased when the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Record Office re-opens.

Robin Jenkins, senior archivist at the county council, said: “Coronavirus is a significant global historical event and we are delighted to be supporting this project which is seeking out the positivity and real sense of community that has been undeniable in recent weeks.

“We see this film as an opportunity to share with future generations how we coped at a pivotal point in history - isolated socially, but united in spirit.”

Videos submitted should be no longer than two minutes in length and should be phone quality. All art forms - such as photos, artwork, video and writing -  should be submitted with the relevant permissions.

Content submitted doesn’t need to include people themselves - it can show art, animals, landscapes, collections or other family and friends - as long as they have given permission. The team hopes to build up a gallery which will be used as the foundation for the final video.

Entries can be submitted online using the following channels:, on or emailed to  


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