Do you have a love letter that you cherish? An important message thread with a friend, family or love one that you simply can’t delete? Has a letter or message played a pivotal role in your life, or in your family’s story?

Letters, diaries, emails and messages can be much more than just transactions of information. They have the power to capture and retain emotion, documenting love and loss - a connection between two people at a particular point in time and space. New technologies allow us to communicate these emotions in more ways - but our need to tell people we love and miss them is timeless, and fundamentally human.

Auckland Museum is developing a new exhibition centered on love and loss. From letters and diaries to emails and direct messages, this exhibition will explore the ways we communicate feelings of love and how that has changed and stayed the same over time.

We want you to help us tell this story. 

We are asking for submissions of communication from Aucklanders in the form of letters, emails or messages which express feelings of love, loss or longing. 

It could be romantic, sweet, sad or painful. They may be recent, reflecting the sense disconnection that has characterised the COVID-19 pandemic, or something that’s been held personally or in your family for some time. Perhaps it was the first love letter you had sent or received from your partner, or a letter you wished you’d never received at all.

Selected submissions will form part of a film which will showcase the letters or messages being read aloud, by the sender, the recipient, or between both. 

If you are not comfortable with being filmed, or you would like to remain anonymous, we would still like to hear from you! There may be other ways to include your story in the exhibition.

Submissions

Submissions

Submissions can focus on love, love lost, a breakup message, a letter from someone which highlights feelings of grief or a meaningful letter from someone who has passed away. Submissions may also include letters that have been passed down in your family.

Examples of items we are interested in receiving include:
 
●    a love letter physically received in the mail
●    an email from a friend overseas
●    an affectionate card from a family member 
●    messages from a Tinder exchange
●    direct or text message threads

We are particularly interested in hearing from people from Māori, Pasifika and migrant communities, as well as those from LGBTQ communities. 

To submit items for consideration please send a photo, scan or screen grab of the letter, email or message history to submissions@aucklandmuseum.com by Sunday 27 September. Please note that, for a variety of reasons, we cannot accept all submissions.

We acknowledge that such messages are highly personal. We are committed to ethical use and display of personal stories and will work alongside submitters to ensure their stories are treated with care, sensitivity and respect.