News Release: April 16, 2020 – To capture this unprecedented time, the National Museum of Bermuda (NMB) is launching United Together:
Sharing Bermuda’s COVID-19 Pandemic Stories, a project collecting electronic mementoes of people’s experiences as our community grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
NMB encourages all in Bermuda to submit their experiences, thoughts and reflections of what it is like living here during the coronavirus pandemic.
Examples of early submissions include: a photograph of waiting in line at the grocery store with six-foot measurements marked on the floor; recordings of virtual school lessons; drawings of empty streets and offices; and diagrams showing how to make your own face masks at home.
Post your journal entries, photos, videos, drawings, songs and poems to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #UnitedTogetherBDA and tag the National Museum of Bermuda.
You can also submit your photos and stories via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading United Together: My Story.
Museum staff will review all submissions and put together an online exhibit to share your stories and creativity.
When asked about this project, NMB Executive Director Elena Strong said: “The global Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped the way we live. As we rapidly adapt to a new way of life we are mindful of the toll that this virus has taken on us as individuals and as a community.
“We are living history right now. Documenting and preserving this moment and your experiences of it are incredibly important.
“Help your National Museum of Bermuda keep a record of what it was like to live through these times — we look forward to seeing your submissions.”
Currently, the museum is not accepting physical objects but encourages people to keep mementoes from this time and consider donating when the museum reopens.
For over four decades the National Museum of Bermuda has been a steward of Bermuda’s cultural heritage.
The artefacts in the museum’s collections document the development of Bermuda over five centuries, the everyday lived experience of locals, and the connections Bermuda has with the wider Atlantic World.