You can now donate items for a Covid-19 museum exhibition

The coronavirus pandemic has so far tragically claimed the lives of 44,200 people in the UK, and caused over half a million deaths worldwide.

Not only has the virus robbed us of loved ones, but also of our freedom, while separating us from family, friends and colleagues.

This dark time will undoubtedly feature in history books to come, but what will these say?

Well, part of that is up to you.

The Museum of London has launched an initiative known as Collecting Covid – which aims to ‘keep a record and ensure future generations of Londoners will be able to learn about and understand this extraordinary period’.

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As part of the project, the organisers are asking people in the capital to donate physical or digital items for consideration, as well as share their personal stories.

The museum is especially focused on collecting articles that link to how spaces have been transformed in lockdown, the social and working lives of people who are now working online and how the pandemic has affected key and home workers, children and young people.

This isn’t the first time there has been a collection for an outbreak of this kind – the museum also has collections linked to the smallpox (1889-1893) and flu (1918) epidemics.

Queen Victoria has even donated an item back in the day; the dress she wore to the funeral of her grandson, who died of influenza in 1892.

Many people have already shared their lockdown experiences and sent in goods, but the call-out is still open.

Fancy taking part?

To donate, you can either email the museum or drop a message on its social media channels.

Do you have a story to share?

Get in touch by emailing [email protected]

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