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COVID-19 is challenging every aspect of our lives. The story of this coronavirus is still unfolding but our memories and recollections of the pandemic will resonate for many years to come.

As part of a wider program to document Australians’ experiences of COVID-19, which includes a Facebook group, Bridging the Distance — Sharing our COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences, we will be hosting a Twitter chat focusing on your experiences of COVID-19 on Tuesday 26 May at 7.30pm.

Canberra during COVID-19 restrictions

This one-hour online chat will be documented and used in the future by Museum curators and researchers to interpret this history through exhibitions, online programs and events.

Over the hour we will ask you to respond to five questions:

  1. Tell us at what point you realised COVID-19 was going to impact on your life?
  2. Tell us about your experiences of social distancing? How does it make you feel?
  3. Are you working from home? Facilitating home schooling? Tell us something challenging, and something unexpected.
  4. We have heard of many community initiatives (like teddy bear hunts). Has your community done anything to help people get through this period? Tell us about it.
  5. Final reflections. Share something you think is important for people to know about your personal experience of COVID-19.

Remember that tweets can only be 280 characters, but you can send us as many tweets as you like. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #COVIDchatNMA so we can accurately document your responses.

When: Tuesday 26 May, 7.30pm AEST
Where: online via the National Museum of Australia’s Twitter account @nma

We are looking forward to chatting with you about your COVID-19 experiences.

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