DORSET’S coronavirus archive project is up and running after a ‘fantastic’ response to a call out for prospective contributor diarists.

The project run by Dorset History Centre in Dorchester in partnership with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is designed to capture for posterity a range of different people’s experiences of the virus emergency from across the county.

“Following a fantastic response from the people of Dorset we have the makings of a uniquely rich and varied archive of these unprecedented times as experienced by local people from different ages and backgrounds,” says Maria Gayton, Community Engagement Officer at Dorset History Centre.

“It will be fascinating to see how the project develops but thanks to the number and range of prospective diarists who have expressed an interest we are unable to take any further contributors.”

The ‘Corona Diary’ will be added to the county’s archive collections and its contents will be available for interpretation as a future artwork.