Here's something (not about the plague) from the Middle Ages
Make your own cap from newspaper. Turn it over and you have a tray or a basket.
Victorian handcrafts for the lockdown: Build your own harp, play or sing music, dye fabric with spices and vegetables, watch and listen to birds, press flowers, knit.
For something totally different to do at home: "It's Time to Grow Your Own Beans" and "Mexico's Heirloom Beans."
Read about Iggy Pop reading The Decline and Fall of Roman Empire while on tour in the American South.