CoVid-19

Last update: 14:33, 12/5/2020

Royston Museum is temporarily closed to help delay the spread of CoVid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In the meantime, we are working on a number of activities and ideas to bring to all the members of our community. We will update this page continuously to reflect our offerings and our current situation. There are only two of us, and we thank you for your patience.

Under lockdown rules, we are both working from home as much as possible. We do still stop by the Museum to care for the collection and building. If you have any requests regarding artefacts, research, or the Collection, please email curator@roystonmuseum.org.uk, and we will see what we can do to help.

CoVid-19 Collecting Policy

We are in the unique situation of being able to collect and document history as it happens. As a local history Museum, our goal is to document and archive the happenings and activities of our district throughout this strange time. We are collecting three categories of artefacts: photographs, journals and diaries, and a select few objects.

  • Photographs: We need photos, digital and analog, of towns and villages during the lockdown and social distancing period. Specifically, we’d be grateful for photos of rainbows in windows; the Royston Bear Trail, and images reflecting ‘the new normal’. By this we mean: queues outside shops, protective barriers in shops, closed signs on shops, schools, churches, and other public spaces, children doing schoolwork at home, et cetera. Important notes for photos: whether digital or analog, we need to know the exact location of each photo- street number and postcode, please! If anybody is visible and identifiable in the photo, we need their name and you to get permission to photo them. Please submit digital photos here. Please keep analog photos until we reopen- we will be able to collect them then.
  • Journals and Diaries: We previously asked that everyone who is able keeps a journal or diary of their experiences during this time. We ask that you continue to do so. We will begin collecting these when we are able to reopen, after social distancing lifts. All journals and diaries will be embargoed for a period of 15 years. Following this, they will be made available to researchers, but with personal identifying information restricted, for a period of 50 years. Following a total of 65 years, the records and information will be available to all researchers.
  • Artefacts: We will collect representative samples of some objects related to this period, such as homemade masks, homeschooling material, and rainbows. All collecting will occur after we are able to reopen, and we will release more detailed information closer to that time.

Library Service

In our courtyard, we’ve placed a large cupboard filled with second-hand books from our shop. We will refill this regularly, and we are leaving our courtyard gate unlocked. Please do not make any unnecessary extra trips out towards us, but, if you are passing us on your way to the shops, please stop in and help yourself. We welcome donations of second hand books.

Children’s Craft Packs

Underneath the Library Cupboard is a plastic tub filled with activity packs. We hope to keep these replenished and restocked; however, we are limited by our infrequent visits to the Museum. As time progresses, we will continue to create and offer new activity packs- hopefully with a new theme every week. We will continue to ask for donations of materials throughout this time. All of our activity packs are FREE. We are grateful for any donations that enable us to keep providing this service (please drop any cash donations through our letterbox).

Provisions for Isolating Adults

We recognise that this crisis is hitting our populations most at risk of social isolation. We want to help. We are rolling out two plans: correspondence communication, and research projects.

In the next few days, we’ll be starting some correspondence based initiatives. If you would like to serve as a pen pal, or if you know somebody who would like a pen pal, please email enquiries@roystonmuseum.org.uk. If you would like to take part in journalling activities, or join us in a Round Robin fiction story, please email enquiries@roystonmuseum.org.uk.

We are using this period of closure to undertake some intensive collections audit projects. If you are isolating and bored, and would like to help us research parts of our Collection, please email curator@roystonmuseum.org.uk. All research will be internet-based, low pressure, and can be catered to your interests.

Let us know if we can help you.

We are, first and foremost, a community service. If you are struggling with isolation, getting supplies, or otherwise need help, please get in touch via enquiries@roystonmuseum.org.uk or 01763 242587. We will do all that we can to help.