A SALTAIRE Lockdown Archive is to be created to preserve people's experiences of life during coronavirus.

As the Saltaire Festival, in its traditional form, has been a casualty of Covid-19 the organisers wanted to find a way to celebrate how Saltaire and the local area have adapted.

The festival board has formed a partnership with other local organisations to create the archive using community contributions. It would love to see how residents have handled day-to-day life. What are the things that have made people smile? How has home schooling been going? What has been useful to help deal with separation from family and friends.

It wants the local community to submit visual representations of what has helped them, what has been the most important part of lockdown, what new skills and passions have been developed and even what has been the biggest challenge.

To make it as accessible as possible in these difficult times it is using Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the #saltairelockdownarchive hashtag.

The idea is that people post on their own page, making sure that the page is public, so organisers can see it.

Submissions can also be sent to hello@saltairefestival.co.uk with the subject heading Saltaire Lockdown Archive.

A spokesperson said: "The overall aim is to create a record of the sides of life that have happened in the area. We will look back at this time and forget just how many things have happened and how creative we can be as a community.

"We will create a gallery on the website with some of the images/videos that come through and hope that we may be able to have a physical display when the situation changes.

"We also aim for it to be added to the archive which is maintained by SWHEA and which records the history of Saltaire from its beginnings in the mid-19th century. Selected images/videos will be shared on our social media on a regular basis, so please make sure that everyone in any images/videos is happy being a part of this project.

"We are also commissioning a local creative (https://saltairefestival.co.uk/saltaire-lockdown-archive-call-out-for-artists-photographers/) to complete a piece of professional work to complement the community contribution and more information about this will follow.

"We hope that this will be a positive thing for the community and help to bring us closer while having to keep apart. Don’t forget to follow #saltairelockdownarchive."