Several museums are already gathering for future exhibitions on the crisis.
The experts agree that we are far from being on the other side of the corona epidemic, but the Glud Museum in Hedensted Municipality is already preparing a new exhibition.
It will open in 2023 and be about the coronas center and the time we are in as a community right now.
We will collect several different things. First of all, stories. The experiences you have and the thoughts that go through the minds of people. Once the museum opens, we would like to welcome physical things such as hand-rubbing and mouthwash, says Anne Ditte Rüsz, collection inspector at the Glud Museum.
The Glud Museum is a local history museum that wants to show how the local people in the municipality acted during the current crisis.
It’s a historic time. The Glud Museum covers the history of recent times, and this is also the time we are in now. Many people compare this crisis to World War II, which is why we’re thinking about starting to collect now so that in 50 years we can look back and see what it meant to people and what thoughts it sparked, says Anne Ditte Rüsz.
Will show how it affects everyday life
The Museum Lolland-Falster also calls for pictures, videos and stories that can later prove what it was like to live and live on Lolland-Falster while the coronavirus flourished.
It is limited how much you know about what the ordinary citizen thought and felt in serious situations in the past, because such reports were not collected systematically, says museum inspector Alexandra Damgaard.
That is why we would like to have stories about what people think and feel during this time that they would like to share with us, she says.
At the Glud Museum, locals urge not to throw away used effects from this era.
I think that in many years it may be that people may not quite understand why this was so big. It is also to show people how it affected everyday life. Suddenly you could not go to work, and your everyday life was turned upside down, says collection inspector Anne Ditte Rüsz.
The opportunity may be missed if you wait
She recognizes that it’s a somewhat different timing, compared to how you usually gather for exhibitions.
And the museum has also thought about what signal they send.
We have discussed how we approach it. For example, if we get a request from someone with a sad story. That way we think about it. Also in relation to the exhibition itself, which we are some years out in the future. Of course, it all depends on how this develops. So there are many unknowns, says Anne Ditte Rüsz.
But it is important to start collecting now, even though no one knows where the spread of infection is going in just a few weeks.
If we come after and hear if people have these things, then it may be, they have thrown it out. We also see that now that we gather from the time of occupation, that packaging is incredibly difficult to obtain. We show life as a cultural history museum, and there are the everyday things we want to focus on. An empty handgun may well become important in a museum later, says Anne Ditte Rüsz.