Capture Your Pupils' Lockdown Story

With the help of your pupils, we want to create a digital time capsule for future generations to remember their story


Throughout the centuries, diary entries, photographs, documents and recordings help us understand other historical periods and how people lived their day to day lives, especially during times of crises.

With your help, we'd like to create a digital time capsule on the People’s Collection Wales website. This will enable our current and future generations to understand your pupils' story during these challenging times.

Time Capsule Ingredients

Below are some suggested ingredients for your pupils' time capsule project.

1. Ask your pupils to take photographs or recordings of the top 3 activities that bring them happiness during the lockdown. Suggestions:

  • going for their daily walks/bike rides
  • spending more time with their family
  • being creative

2. Who are you thankful for? NHS? Key Workers? Parents? Ask your pupils to record things that will remind them who helped us all through this pandemic. Suggestions:

  • Take photographs of the rainbows they have made
  • Record the clap for carers on Thursday evenings
  • Draw a picture of people you are thankful for

3. What do your family think? Ask your pupils to interview a family member, at home or remotely. They could demonstrate digital skills by recording these as oral history interviews. Suggested questions:

  • Have your family members' lives changed since lockdown? If so how?
  • What brings them happiness/sadness during these challenging times?

Publish your Time Capsule on People's Collection Wales

See our guide 'How to Publish your Time Capsule on PCW'


Key Stage 2 pupils can gather their content now, and you can upload it together in the classroom when they return to school.

Key Stage 3 & 4 pupils can develop and demonstrate digital skills by uploading their content to our website themselves.

Remember to add the tag 'digital time capsule' to your content when you publish!

Online help with your project

See our Oral History Guide for Schools, created in partnership by the Oral History Society, for tips on interviewing that you can pass on to your pupils.

Our How To guides are also available on our website if you need further help with uploading your pupils' time capsule project.

For further support and advice contact our Learning Officer, Catalena Angele:

[email protected]

Be a part of Welsh History

Once on our website, your pupils' content will help future generations understand how Wales coped during these uncertain times.

Working with our partners

We're also working with our partners to collect lockdown stories and memories for our current and future generations to remember. Some of these stories will appear on our website in the coming weeks and months.

Find out more about their projects: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales; National Library of Wales