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Daily teams up with museum for lockdown stories project

A regional daily has joined forces with a museum to help chart its patch’s coronavirus lockdown stories.

Portsmouth daily The News has teamed up with Portsmouth Museum to call for readers to document “one of the biggest events in the city’s social history” for posterity.

They are being urged to come forward with pictures, documents, video and audio files for future generations to examine.

The Yorkshire Evening Post, a JPIMedia stablemate of The News, is running a similar project with Leeds City Council.

Portsmouth museums

The announcement of the project comes as The News yesterday splashed on the reopening of two of Portsmouth’s other museums, the Historic Dockyard and Mary Rose Museum.

Editor Mark Waldron said: “It is our day job to record what happens in and around Portsmouth but this year has been so out of the ordinary that it is almost hard to comprehend.

“We think it’s vital to ensure the city’s reaction and response to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic are captured and put on record.

“The scale of 2020’s events means that it’s absolutely right that the city’s museum is involved – and we are delighted to be able to help tell people’s stories.”

You can read all our coronavirus-related stories here.