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History is created every day. One of our jobs at Auckland Museum is to look at what is happening around us in the present day and to collect and preserve objects, photographs and documents that will help us tell the story of “now” in the future. 


The Covid-19 pandemic, which has changed all our lives, is a defining moment of our time. Auckland Museum has collected material to document this event and its impact. Our focus was to collect stories of this pandemic from Auckland and the surrounding regions, including photographs objects, arts and crafts, and material like posters and signs. 

Submissions to contribute material for consideration to our collection closed on Saturday 23 May.

Submissions to our collection

Submissions to our collection

We were interested in objects, photographs and documents that reflect life in lockdown; how we connected and created community while in a state of quarantine; issues we were debating; personal protective equipment and how we were protecting ourselves; creativity while in lockdown.

Some examples of the kinds of things submitted for consideration include:

Objects - signs, household items that reflect life under lockdown  and social distancing measures,, items created by Auckland businesses, artwork and crafts, Anzac Day and Easter at home, and objects that represent community projects and initiatives.   

Documents - Personal documents such as diaries (digitally recorded or analogue) that document adaptation and “the new normal” of daily life during this time; and postcards, letters, or emails that reflect how people are communicating and connecting with others while in this time of forced separation.

Ephemera - items like posters, signs, flyers that reflect public communication regarding COVID-19. We are interested in everything from handmade signs/messages placed in windows to official communication received in the letterbox. 

Pictorial -  photography, painting, drawing. Works that convey a response to life in a bubble. What images have you created whilst staying safe in your bubble and why? We are looking for images that tell us about  the unusual everyday life we have been living in our bubbles during this time.