GeoStories launches Lockdown Stories on anniversary of UK going into lockdown in 2020

GeoStories has just launched the Lockdown Stories project, based around two lockdowns, 400 years apart. Funded by Arts Council England, two stories are based in Eyam, Derbyshire in 1665, when the village experienced a breakout of the plague which in turn led to Eyam going into lockdown to prevent it spreading to nearby towns and cities.The third element to the project, Love in a Pandemic, is a selection of stories and poems relating to the recent Covid pandemic is also being launched as part of the Lockdown Stories project, with contributions from the public who wrote and share their own poignant experiences of love and separation during the 2020/21 lockdowns.
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All of the stories are available from the free GeoStories app (search ‘GeoStories’ in App Store or Google Play). The two GPS triggered audio dramas, with augmented reality are based in Eyam in 1665.

People’s contributions to Love in a Pandemic have been recorded by voice actors, they include a series of poems and prose pieces that capture life at such a challenging time during the recent COVID pandemic. Fifteen writer’s works have been chosen for inclusion.

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The Lockdown Stories project also features an exhibition of photos to accompany the stories, and a display of the writers’ contributions.

People's stories of Love in Lockdown at exhibition in Eyam Church until 12 AprilPeople's stories of Love in Lockdown at exhibition in Eyam Church until 12 April
People's stories of Love in Lockdown at exhibition in Eyam Church until 12 April

“We’re excited to have launched Lockdown Stories to coincide with the time we all went into lockdown in 2020,” says Amanda Pearce, writer and producer. “The response from people who we invited to submit their own stories of love in lockdown, was fantastic and we’re delighted to be able to share some very personal and impactful testimonies of personal resilience and the power of love. Not only will their work be available for everyone to hear across the world through their mobile phones via the app but we are also delighted to be able to exhibit them in the village of Eyam which also endured its first lockdown and social distancing in the 17th century.”

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