09 Jun 2020

On 23 March 2020 the Stay Home directive was announced and life changed for everyone in Northern Ireland, and across the world, as we collectively fought to control the COVID-19 virus.

Stay Home Memories project

As the Official Archive for Northern Ireland, Public Records Office NI will archive and record activities that took place during the Stay Home directive. It is also important that PRONI is able to collect, preserve and make available the experiences of as many members of our community as possible, and for this they need help.

Record keeping is vital to our understanding of the past, and the present. In recent years PRONI has been able to investigate and understand events around the Decade of Centenaries because of the historical records that were kept and it’s important that we collect information now for researchers of the future.

PRONI has launched the Stay Home Memories project to gather information on the lives of the people of Northern Ireland and how the pandemic effected everything from work and education to shopping and family and social life.

There are three ways that you can participate in the Stay Home Memories project:

Stay Home Census, Stay Home Web Archive and the Stay Home Diaries.

If you would like to know more about this once in a lifetime project, please visit NI Direct at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/stay-home-memories

You can also email pronievents@communities-ni.gov.uk if you would like to contribute to the Stay Home Archive.