Recording a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic event on a scale most of us have never experienced. In the years to come, once the history books have been written, the political decisions have been analysed, and the virus has been thoroughly studied, we will look back and try to remember what life in this time was like for the average person.

And that’s where you come in! With just your computer, your phone, and the Recording a Pandemic Guide, you’ll have everything you need to document a snapshot of your life, or the lives of your friends and family, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether you want to record your memories for yourself, or you want to donate your record to a museum or archives, explore this site to learn more about how you can help make history by recording the present!

Note about Black Lives Matter: The COVID-19 pandemic is not the only history-making event taking place right now. In recent weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement has seen a massive surge of support from people around the world. For information about how to acknowledge this, and incorporate this into your interviews, please see the Black Lives Matter and COVID-19 post on the Blog.

For Museums: Hoping to collect oral histories from people in your community? Please feel free to share this resource! Contact me here if you’d like to discuss designing a guide specific to your museum.

Want a professional-quality transcript once you’ve recorded your interview? For a suggested donation of $10 or more to your local food bank, I will transcribe up to fifteen minutes of your audio recording. Contact me here for more details.