The pandemic threw life in the South West on its head and the Bunbury Museum team is on a mission to collate the chaos that was. Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre team leader and curator Jenny Scott is calling on the community to reflect on their COVID-19 experiences for the museum’s archives to cultivate a local snapshot about what life was like during the pandemic. Ms Scott said the items received would be archived and likely used for future exhibitions and encouraged the community to get involved. “We want people to submit reflections and photos that best encompass their feelings and experiences during the pandemic,” she said. “It’s about the little things that we may not see as very important right now. “Quite a few people have told me they think their stories are boring, but that’s actually far from the truth. “If someone told us two years ago that we’d all have to wear masks and go into lockdown now, none of us would have believed them. But we’ve adapted quickly and things have almost become normal. One entry depicts life as the South West was thrown into its second unprecedented COVID-19 lockdown with a list of cancelled plans and rescheduled meetings. Others have submitted masked selfies or shared reflections on how the tumultuous lockdown periods helped them find a new hobby and fall in love with cycling. Last year saw businesses hit hard and begin to bounce back, toilet paper shelves stripped bare, Zoom calls take over face-to-face interactions — and the museum wants to hear about them all. Ms Scott said the stories and photographs would not yet be displayed as it was far too soon to begin reflecting on COVID. “I think it’s a bit too soon for anyone to want to relive the pandemic while we’re still in it, but it’s important for us to collect these stories,” she said. The museum is offering a booklet for people to record their pandemic stories and follow reflective prompts like “what would you like people to remember about life during the pandemic” and “are there things you’ll do differently in the future”. Entries from all ages are encouraged to be submitted to the museum, which is currently showcasing a celebration of early childhood over the years in Bunbury with the When We Were Small exhibition and a display of photography by Bernhard Bischoff on Bunbury’s basalt rock formations.