Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts

    WA voices recorded describing personal experiences of COVID-19

    23/12/2020 5:15 PM
     
    • The State Library of Western Australia and Centre for Stories partner to tell COVID Stories from WA
    • Fifteen personal stories of COVID-19 experiences have been recorded  

    Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today announced the release of 15 digital stories and oral histories in a project called Out of Touch: COVID Stories from WA.

     

    Funded by the McGowan Government and produced by the Centre for Stories, Out of Touch: COVID Stories from WA explore the personal encounters faced by a diverse group of Western Australians during the global pandemic.

     

    The stories include the experiences of dancers, professors and health workers, alongside the Olympians and Paralympians affected by the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games.

     

    The stories capture events including personal grief and loss, quarantining in a new country, emergency responses, and extraordinary resilience in the face of adversity.

     

    The role of the State Library of Western Australia is to collect, preserve and share the stories of Western Australia. This important new collection of stories will expand the State Library heritage collection and will be available for generations to come to provide a snapshot of life during 2020. 

     

    These stories are accessible through the State Library catalogue or through the State Library website at http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au

     

    Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

     

    "These oral histories are a great example of why the State Library of Western Australia is important to the community to collect and share our stories for future generations.

     

    "I am very pleased that the State Library has partnered with Centre for Stories to record a diverse range of Western Australian experiences in response to the pandemic."

     

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