UK Science Museum group is building a coronavirus collection in response to pandemic

Museums in the UK are beginning to collect items related to the coronavirus pandemic

Curators at the UK Science Museum group are amassing material relating to the Covid-19 crisis and considering how to “collect important objects on behalf of the nation as a record of the medical, scientific and cultural responses to the outbreak”, says a museum spokeswoman.

According to the UK newspaper the Telegraph, items such as the letter sent by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to all UK households about the coronavirus outbreak could be among the items collected. The experimental magnets which were accidentally lodged up a scientist's nose as part of an attempt to create an anti-virus device may also be included. Hand sanitiser and social distancing posters might also be acquired for future generations, while digital content is another important aspect of the research.

The museum will research stories and identify objects linked to the pandemic but crucially “our curators are undertaking this serious project within strict ethical guidelines, given the current global emergency, so as not to distract from vital work,” the spokeswoman stresses. There are no plans to show the coronavirus artefacts, however. “Indeed, we have not talked about a timeframe, and in any event the timing would reflect public appetite,” she adds.

The formal acquisition of Covid-19 objects is on hold during lockdown. “Some items that have already been donated are currently being stored securely at the Science Museum, while other materials are being kept in the donors possession until they can be safely added to the Science Museum Group Collection. The formal acquisition process will happen when it is safe to do so,” the spokeswoman says.

Other UK museums are also documenting this historically significant moment. Leeds Museums and Galleries has asked people via its social media platforms to share their “positive and negativeRead More – Source