Collecting the story of a crisis


What we did: Idea to execution

On everyone can contribute to the historiography of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this effort, when the crisis is over, we will be able to supply Dutch museums and archives with as many personal stories and memories as possible. Collectively, these contributions tell the story of this important moment in our history. Not from an official standpoint, but from the point of view of the regular person.

The Corona crisis is the largest crisis in our country since the Second World War. The impact is enormous, both in healthcare as well as financially, economic and socially. The scope of the impact remains to be seen, but it is certain that our lives will be influenced by it for years to come.

Someday, however, the COVID-19 crisis is history. What stories will we tell about it then? Just like we can only deal with this crisis together, we must also record the stories about it together, preferably now. Together because there are many different personal perspectives on the crisis that all deserve a place in the common narrative. Now because the emotions and perception of the moment are most relevant for the understanding of this event. And it is exactly these aspects that may get lost in a torrent of analysis and contemplation when the crisis is over.

Every museum collection is a collection of stories. These stories tell us something about who we are, what we consider important and valuable, what we thought, think and imagine. What gives us joy, and what gives us sorrow. Museums and heritage institutions tell these stories through objects (material heritage) and intangible and living heritage, such as experiences, events, and emotions. We collect them all on