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‘Collecting Covid-19’ - Can you help the Museum?

Published on Monday, 11th May 2020

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery are currently seeking objects and documents to help record and remember the Coronavirus Pandemic and its impact on the Borough.

Life has changed so much for all of us over the last month or so. While it has brought challenges and anxieties, it has also inspired many of us to find new ways of connecting, learning, working and living.

The Museum would like to add objects to its collection that reflect people’s experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic. You might have received a letter through your door encouraging you to clap for the NHS. You might have made a protective face-mask or bought cookie cutters or packets of vegetable seeds for the first time. You might have a magazine that talks about the Coronavirus Pandemic or talks about the lockdown. You might own a shop and have had to put a special sign up in the window.

The Museum needs objects to help future generations understand what this time was like and the experiences people had. We want people to retain objects for us now, while the event is happening, as many items like letters, leaflets, magazines and receipts can quickly end up in the bin or recycling. Please remember items do not need to be precious. Some may have been bought, some picked up or delivered, and some may be homemade.

Although we cannot collect absolutely everything, we are interested in acquiring a wide range of objects.

If you have an object or document you would like us to consider, or have an idea about what you think the Museum should collect, please email us on museum@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk. We will be in contact soon and will arrange to collect chosen items when the Museum reopens and it is safe to do so.

Councillor Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Arts & Leisure said:

“Don’t delay! Please contact the Museum now if you have objects that can contribute to the story of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Borough.”

The Museum still has a wide range of activities going on at its ‘Museum at Home’ during lockdown. Follow us on:

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