Letters of Lockdown

You may remember our latest exhibition With Love, which features letters through the ages from our collection. Many of the themes covered in the records resonate with our recent shared experiences of lockdown, such as strength, kindness, hope and separation.

With so many of us still in isolation, there has never been a greater need to stay connected. So why not put pen to paper and get involved with our latest project, Letters of Lockdown. Send us a letter about your own experiences so we can feature them in our online resources.

You may want to address your letter to a friend or a stranger, or someone you miss. You could even send a letter to your future self! Each week, we’ll be sharing heartfelt letters from our exhibition as inspiration, as well as activities for the whole family to take part in.

Week 1 Separation

Week 2 Kindness

Week 3 – Strength

Week 4 – Hope


How to take part

It’s really simple, all you need to do is write a letter, take a photo and email it to us at withlove@nationalarchives.gov.uk. If you prefer to just send your letter as an email, that’s fine too!


Terms and conditions

We accept your letter or email as your consent for us to keep and publish your letter in our online exhibition. Parents must submit letters on behalf of children (under 18).

You can withdraw your consent at any time by emailing us and we have an immediate take-down policy.

Please do not include any identifying information about yourself, the person the letter is addressed to or anyone else you might mention in the letter. Children may include their first name and age only.

We may publish your letter across our digital channels. We will not publish anything which contains offensive content.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch about this project, please email us at withlove@nationalarchives.gov.uk. Please note that we cannot accept letters in the post at this time due to on-site staff restrictions.

This week we are exploring the theme of separation.

This week we are exploring the theme of kindness.

This week we are exploring the theme of strength.

This week we are exploring the theme of hope.