The Frontline

The Frontline project was established to collect and empower the voices of health and social care professionals and associated key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

From the project emerged an archive of living stories, a series of talks and discussions, and a full-length documentary film, From The Frontline, to raise awareness of the experiences of health care professionals during Covid-19 and share how they used creativity make sense of the pandemic.



Each and every story in this unprecedented time is important and The Frontline project wants to protect individual experiences from getting lost in the ever-changing and often panic-driven media landscape.

We hope contributions to this project will result in an archive of shared histories that can be preserved for the future, establishing a vital and long-lasting voice for frontline workers which will be of cultural, political and historical significance.

The Frontline project is partly seed funded by prize money from the AHRC Research in Film Awards won by Prof. Topun Austin (Rosie, Cambridge University Hospitals Trust), Sophie Jackson (Cambridge School of Creative Industries) & Dr Shreepali Patel (StoryLab) for The Golden Window, RIFA 2019 Best Research Film, Health and Wellbeing.


If you are a health and social care professional or associated key worker on the Covid-19 frontline, add #frontlinestories to your social media posts to share your voice.

Follow us on Twitter: @Frontline_ARU

Watch From the Frontline which tells the story of healthcare workers on both sides of the Atlantic, who harnessed the power of their creative voices to make sense of their world during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. @Frontline_ARU

This was me in May ‘20 full PPE, nursing on the covid wards . I was exhausted , scared and sacrificing time with my family to do my job . My patients were all alone with no family allowed to visit . Meanwhile ….


"While Downing Street were partying, healthcare workers were dealing with an unprecedented wave of grief, suffering and death..." - Dr. Topun Austin, co-creator, From the Frontline film w/@StoryLab_ARU
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