Are you aged 11-16 and currently locked down at home due to Corona Virus?

This is your chance to be part of history.

We are living through an extraordinary and horrible crisis which is impacting on all of our lives. We can take some comfort from the fact that it will pass into history and that future generations will study the impact of Covid-19 outbreak of 2020 in the same way that historians today study other terrible events in our past. When they do so, they will want to hear the voices of as many people as possible.

Churchill Archives Centre exists to preserve personal papers and houses the letters and diaries of politicians, diplomats, military leaders and scientists.

We want you to write a short account of your experience in lockdown. All submissions will be added to the archive for the benefit of future researchers, but gift vouchers worth £50 will be awarded to the two most powerful and informative entries, as judged by the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre.

Closing date: 8 May 2020

Terms and Conditions

Entries can take the form of a handwritten or typescript letter or diary entry.

They must be written in English and not more than 500 words long. They must be signed and dated but should not include addresses or other personal information.

They must be submitted as PDF or Jpeg files by email to

Only one entry can be submitted per person.

By entering you confirm that you are between the ages of 11 and 16 and that you have the consent of your parent or guardian or responsible adult to enter the competition.

By entering, you consent to your entry being added to the collections of the Churchill Archives Centre and being made available in the future to researchers. You agree to waive any copyright that you may hold in the entry and to assign this to Churchill College.

The email used to submit an entry will be used to contact the winner. Email addresses will not be kept beyond the duration of the competition or used for any other purpose.

The winning entry will be chosen at the sole discretion of the Director of the Archives Centre, whose decision will be final. The winning entry will be featured on the website of the Churchill Archives Centre and on accompanying social media.