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Women in Lockdown: Call for submissions

[N.B. This is the original call for submissions for our Women in Lockdown digital archive, which is now live. You can still contribute – find out more and share your story!]

Your local feminist archive needs you! How has your life changed since 22 March 2020? Over two years on from the UK’s first national lockdown, we’re inviting local women of all ages and backgrounds to share your experiences of life in Sheffield during the pandemic. With our Women in Lockdown project, we’re building a digital archive to capture and amplify your pandemic stories.

How to contribute

You can create an audio recording, written account, or creative submission documenting your pandemic experiences. Audio recordings can be captured on your phone or another suitable device, and can be any duration (max. 30 mins). Why not record your account as a conversation with other women in your life? We also welcome written accounts (max. 5 pages; typed or scanned), photos, and creative interpretations of life locked down in Sheffield. Your submission might explore: health & wellbeing; communication; politics; if/how your feminism has changed; community & mutual aid; daily life and routine; and anything else you might want to record!

The video below shows you how to put together a written or audio submission for the Women in Lockdown archive, including: the project’s aims, ideas for discussion, capturing your narrative, signing a consent form, and how your data will be stored.

Captions can be turned on via the Settings button (marked by the cog) on the bottom right of the video.

If you’d like further info, or to submit your contribution, please email us at If you’re emailing us a submission, we ask you to complete and include a consent form, which you can download here. We’re accepting submissions on a rolling basis. Our volunteers are always up for a chat, so please reach out with any questions!

Consent form
Consent to your contribution being used by SFA

Information sheet
Answers any questions you might have about the project

Discussion prompts
To get you thinking and talking; feel free to use these prompts as a broad guide!

Women in Lockdown is generously supported by The Audience Agency’s Digitally Democratising Archives strand, thanks to funding from DCMS and the National Lottery, as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage Initiative.

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