Archives for the future

We are currently living through a historic time. When we want to research historic moments we often go to archives and museums specialising in that area or subject. In the future it is likely the extraordinary time we are living through will want to be researched, so how do you go about collecting objects and information for future generations?

Here are some examples of places collecting what could be important information for the future, and you can help out with some of them!

Black Cultural Archives – Document! : Black Lives Matter - donate digital artifacts to help document the Black Lives Matter protests.

BFI Britain on lockdown video archive - calling on the British public to submit videos that represent best how Britain has experienced the impact of coronavirus.

The British Library – have been collecting audio, websites, diaries and testimony to capture experiences of lockdown. If you have a collecting project you can get in touch with them.

Historic England – Picturing Lockdown Collection - the public were asked to submit photos during one week of lockdown, to document their experiences.

Due to Covid-19 – documenting signs of the pandemic. You can still submit your own.

V & A – collecting rainbow drawings and homemade signs – submit images of your homemade signs.

V & A Pandemic objects  – editorial project that compiles and reflects on objects that have taken on new meaning and purpose during the coronavirus pandemic.

Museum of London – Collecting Covid – the Museum of London is seeking to collect both objects and first hand accounts to reflect Londoners lives during the pandemic.

Mass Observation Project – document your experiences of covid-19.

Science Museum #MaskSelfie - to help capture a snapshot of life during the pandemic, share your Mask Selfie with the Science Museum.

Viral Archive – share your photos to help build a photographic archive of the pandemic.

image: NHS heroes  © Copyright Bill Nicholls used under Creative Commons license.









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