Friday, 07 August 2020


Lockdown archive to form part of Mercury Bay’s history

Maybe you didn’t realise it, but what we are currently doing here in Mercury Bay will be something historians will study and analyse many years in the future. How communities across many nations combined to fight a global pandemic that essentially brought life to a standstill will be the subject of papers, books and probably even movies.

As custodians of our local history, Mercury Bay Museum is aiming to create a lasting record of what happened here during these unprecedented weeks. “We want to collate all of our stories, poems, journals, photos and videos from this time. This will then become available for that time in 50 years when a researcher will ask, ‘What happened in Mercury Bay during the global Covid-19 pandemic of 2020,’” says museum manager, Rebecca Cox.

The museum is hoping to capture the experiences of all sectors of the community so the Covid-19 lockdown can be understood through the eyes of all our residents - young and old, those working on the frontline, children, teachers, parents, business owners, and even those who may have been directly impacted by the virus.

“We need the help of the people of Mercury Bay. This is your opportunity to play your part in preserving our history. So please send us your records and we will start collating it for our lockdown archive,” Rebecca says.

Material can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let Rebecca know if you have large files you want to send and this can be organised via Dropbox or WeTransfer.


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