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British Library to archive Radio 4 listeners’ experiences of pandemic life

Listeners of the PM programme were asked to write to the BBC about their experiences of the lockdown.

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Responses will be archived in the British Library (DCMS/PA)

Responses will be archived in the British Library (DCMS/PA)

Responses will be archived in the British Library (DCMS/PA)

The British Library is set to archive BBC Radio 4’s listeners’ experiences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid Chronicles, which was launched by the PM programme last month, saw presenter Evan Davis ask the public to write into the programme with their accounts of life during the pandemic.

Their responses will be permanently stored in the British Library “to document the national experience”, the BBC said.

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Hundreds wrote to the programme with their personal accounts of what living through the lockdown has been like for them.

People who sent in their testimonies included a woman preparing to give birth during the pandemic and a Jewish family getting ready for Passover.

A woman’s reflections on her mother’s funeral were also sent to the broadcaster.

Polly Russell, lead curator for contemporary politics and public life at the British Library, said: “We are really excited about these Covid Chronicles because they provide a snapshot in a time of national crisis.

“They have this wonderful quality of being personal, intimate, surprising and sometimes funny, often moving and they will be a wonderful record of this time and a brilliant resource for researchers in the future.”

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