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Diaries of the Here and Now

A collection of diaries submitted by individuals about their day on 11 November 2018, 100 years after the 1918 armistice.

Special Collections and Archives took part in the 'Diaries of the Here and Now' project, designed by artist Dawn Cole, to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice on 11th November 2018. The project also took place at Canterbury Cathedral as part of The Memories Project (The Canterbury Journey), with diary submissions archived as part of Canterbury Cathedral Library & Archive collections.

The diaries, written by people spanning several generations, feature drawings, paintings, collage, poetry and even film, and take numerous themes, including:

  • general accounts of the day
  • political
  • remembrance and remembering specific people
  • memorialisation
  • reflections on war and conflict
  • health
  • Brexit
  • fears for the future
  • personal stories
  • journeys

Collection in brief

Contents: Diaries, film
Period:  2018

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