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Can You Help Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery to Record the Coronavirus Pandemic for History?

Published on Friday, 19th February 2021

Can you help the museum's appeal for Covid-19 related items?
Can you help Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery's appeal for Covid-19 related items?

Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery asks for public's help in recording the Covid Pandemic.

Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery is appealing to borough residents to help the team  add more objects to its collection reflecting the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Riversley Park building needs objects to help future generations understand what this time was like and the experiences local people had.

Objects may include:

Items related to work or home life such as protective items like a face mask, empty bottle of hand gel or social distancing signs.

Objects related to Covid-19 testing, community support, new hobbies during lockdown including baking, cooking, gardening, reading, and DIY.

Items sent or received to cheer people up, related to a celebration that has been impacted by Covid-19 like birthdays, weddings, christenings.

Objects related to socially distanced events, such as VE Day street parties and items used or produced during home schooling or entertaining children during lockdown like work books, pictures and timetables.

Items related to working from home, like letters, leaflets and magazines that mention Covid-19. diaries or scrapbooks.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure, said: 

“We hope that people will be able to submit items, objects and articles reflecting what they did and endured during the pandemic.

Some objects might be very obviously about the pandemic like a community leaflet offering support to people who are self-isolating during lockdown.

But you might also have an object that appears very ordinary but is significant because of its connection to the pandemic, such as used seed packet if lockdown provided you with time to do your first ever bit of gardening.’’

If you have any objects related to the pandemic that you would consider donating to the Museum, get in touch by emailing: museum@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk.

The museum will not physically be able to accept any objects until after the current lockdown ends.

After this period, team members can arrange for people to bring their object safely to the building with a convenient date and time for agreed when the Museum is closed to the public. All interaction will be at a social distance and carried out in our reception area, all employees  will wear face masks, hand gel will be available and paperwork to sign will have been quarantined.

The object will then be placed in quarantine after the donor’s visit.  So, until the end of lockdown, tell the Museum what you have, then keep a hold of it and keep using it if you need or want to.

You can read about objects that have already been donated to the Museum on our Blog:

https://nuneatonmuseum.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/collecting-covid-19-object-donations/

https://nuneatonmuseum.wordpress.com/2021/01/20/latest-collecting-covid-19-object-acquisitions/