Hackney Museum is seeking personal objects from local people which reflect their lives during the pandemic as part of a new project, called ‘Collecting Covid’. 

Items put forward so far include: protective clothing made in Hackney, identity tags for a baby born during lockdown, a bilingual prayer book and a vaccination vial. 

The project launches alongside – and is inspired by – a display currently at the Museum called ‘Out of the ManCave’, which celebrates the Hackney Brocals, a social club for men aged 50+ which held events during lockdown to combat isolation.

Submissions to ‘Collecting Covid’ can be made by people who live, work or study in Hackney, and seek to reflect the borough’s diverse communities. They will be used in a temporary exhibition in 2022 and for future research.

The ‘Out of the ManCave’ display was created by Angela Groundwater, an artist and wallpaper designer working with the Hackney Brocals. She used intricate patterns and personal artefacts to share stories from the participants’ lives before and during lockdown.

Angela said: “Hanging out with the Brocals and hearing their life stories coupled with the way they dealt with lockdown was inspiring – what struck me most was what individuals they each are, wise, comic and full of life. As a creative I feel it is up to us to reveal the beauty of age, help to promote this group to prompt further interest and expose this generation’s beauty.”

    To find out more or to share your stories and objects please contact: museum@hackney.gov.uk

    Hackney Museum is now open. To book a free ticket visit hackney-museum.hackney.gov.uk/visiting 

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