The museum’s new project, titled COVID-19 Collecting For Our Time, invites British Columbians to share their pandemic experiences as they occur, to be gathered alongside a longer-term project capturing the legacy of an unprecedented moment in modern history.
The museum is preparing to collect photos, objects and perspectives “that will help tell the story of this moment for future generations.”
“The pandemic and the resulting directives from government and health authorities have changed much of what we experience in our daily lives, from the outdoors, to technology, to even something as simple as grocery shopping,” said Royal BC Museum CEO Jack Lohman. “By providing their insights, B.C. citizens will have the opportunity to describe how they feel history should be written.”
The Royal BC Museum says the project can help people become part of the collection process, illustrating the way museum spaces reflect and comment significant moments in time.
Residents who want to be involved can email firstname.lastname@example.org and describe what they think should be captured for future generations.
Submissions are welcome in the form of a few lines, a link to a tweet, a photo or poem but objects cannot, at this time, be accepted, as most of the museum’s employees are working from home.
The Royal BC Museum closed its doors to visitors on March 17 but is still hosting a number of regular virtual programs and tours, available online at royalbcmuseum.bc.ca.