COVID-19 Collecting

Is your experience during COVID-19 represented? Are your stories missing? We’d love to hear from you.


We are living through an unprecedented period in our history with the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Coronavirus has had an impact on how we work and interact with each other as well as how we live and die. Archives and the stories captured and preserved within them have a central role in recording these exceptional times.

Our mission at the AIU RACE Centre is to make BAME history, heritage and culture more visible. Historical accounts from BAME communities using their own words are not equally represented in the public record, and are at risk of loss. We therefore work to collect these stories, documents, records and materials.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on BAME communities. To ensure this is captured for future researchers, educators and commentators and that our collective national history represents all our communities, we are launching a campaign to collect stories from Greater Manchester’s BAME communities. 

We won’t shy away from the difficult and uncomfortable stories the pandemic has exposed. We will collect records, stories and articles that demonstrate how racism – structural, institutional and interpersonal – still exists today but is being erased by our national story being largely told by the privileged few. We will take an intersectional approach, seeking to collect the stories of everyone within our BAME communities.

We therefore invite you to share your experiences, reflections and responses about the pandemic. We will collect records of all kinds, though recognise much will be born digital (i.e created in a digital format only). Please send us videos, photos, newspaper articles, blogs, creative projects as well as journals and diaries – anything you think tells the story of you and your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be mindful of including the thoughts and personal details of other people without their permission – always ask first.

More information on how your material will be used, shared and stored to follow.

Please email [email protected] for more information about the submission process or if you have any questions.