COVID-19 Collecting Project

History in the making: Collecting South Australia during COVID-19

Help make history! What item represents your personal experience of life in the time of COVID-19?

We are living in extraordinary times. Every South Australian is experiencing a truly global, history-making event, with both shared and unique perspectives. The History Trust of South Australia aims to document and collect objects that are connected to the experiences of people in our state during the pandemic—preserving the present for the future.

We would love to hear your stories of living through the ‘new normal’. What day to day objects symbolise how you have responded to, adapted to, or simply survived this era of social distancing and isolation?

Have you tackled your veggie patch with Costa-like zeal, discovered the delights of sourdough starters, scoured the neighbourhood for plush toys, chipped in with a Love Your Neighbour request?

Have you dabbled in recipes for hand sanitiser or stitched a bespoke face mask? Have you simply been too consumed by the challenges of working from home or home schooling to embrace a new hobby? Or have you continued your normal work routine while all around you shifted?

The History Trust invites you to contribute photos of objects that tell your story of COVID-19. You can upload photos here (use the below submission form) or share on social media using the hashtag #SAatHome.

We will collate these submissions to create a rich, digital tapestry of South Australia’s diverse experiences of the pandemic. We will also consider physically collecting some of these objects for the State History Collection for use in future exhibitions, research, education and community projects.



COVID-19 Collecting

  • Digital Submission

    This information may be displayed in an online gallery, and related social media, of South Australian responses to COVID-19.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, pdf, png, jpeg, mp4, mov.
  • Permissions