Recollecting COVID - 365 days in lockdown

26 March 2021 marks a year since the University closed its gates as a result of the Covid -19 pandemic and transferred to online learning. The UP Archives remembering project seeks to document this time focusing on the experiences of the University of Pretoria community including faculty, students, administrators, staff, researchers, alumni, and others during the COVID-19 outbreak and pandemic. Our goal is to collect as many diverse voices and experiences as possible so that future historians, students and scholars, doctors and scientists, public policy and health experts, University administrators, and others will be able to understand and learn how our community reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we were able to respond and manage this unprecedented time. 

The UP Archives remembering project has been created by the University of Pretoria Archives to document and preserve the University community’s reaction to this event. We hope to learn about your recent and daily experiences on campus, in the lab, in the field, at home or elsewhere. The Recollecting Covid - 365 days in lockdown is a means to collect and record what you witnessed and how we responded to this crisis.


Tell us what it’s like to be the first group of Tukkie students dealing with a pandemic in 100 years. How are you sustaining your studies and your relationships during this period of social distancing and self-quarantine? Click here to view a video recording the frustrations of working online.  Click here to listen to an example of a poetry submission we received.


What was it like to shift to remote instruction and learning?  How has this had an impact on your research and other academic work? Tell us how you have adapted to this change in your work and in fostering your relationships with colleagues and your students. Click here to view a 2nd year class project.


What is the experience of suddenly and abruptly moving to remote work? What are you doing to support your colleagues and others at the University? Click here to view a photo depicting coping with online meetings  


Please email [email protected] to contribute to the project and stand a change to win R5000.

The closing date for the competition is  31 October 2021.


- Author Alida Green
Published by Alida Green

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