What would you submit to the Museum of 2020?

Date: 16 December 2020

 

  • British public asked to photograph objects and put them in the Museum of 2020
  • Project asks: What object sums up your experiences of 2020 ? What object will most remind you of 2020 in years to come?
  • Anyone can contribute by sharing an image and explanation on social media, using the hashtag #Museumof2020 
  • The Young Foundation will collate the artefacts for a virtual exhibition in 2021
  • The exhibition will explore our changing relationship with ‘stuff’ and how we come to understand our collective Covid experiences through the objects which have come to mean more to us in 2020

 

Wednesday 16th December 2020: What object sums up your experiences of 2020? What object will most remind you of 2020 in years to come? What ‘thing’ couldn’t you have coped without? Or has kept your spirits up? These are the questions posed by a unique new project by charity The Young Foundation.

The campaign asks the British public to submit a photograph of an object which has come to mean more to them in 2020 – with an explanation of why they have chosen it and share via social media using the hashtag #Museumof2020. It could be anything from the chair they’ve sat in all year due to working from home, the cookbook they couldn’t have lived without when restaurants were shut, to a random online purchase that’s helped combat boredom – the more creative, the better! The Young Foundation will collate these images for a virtual exhibition in 2021 that explores our changing relationship with ‘stuff’ and how we come to understand our collective experiences through objects, rather than discussion. 

Helen Goulden, CEO at The Young Foundation, comments: “2020 has been a year of immense upheaval, loss and change for everyone and this has changed the things and objects we value. It has meant us needing and relying on things that we wouldn’t have imagined before Covid-19 came along. Masks are the most obvious example of this. But we know that there are thousands of other objects which have taken on a new meaning for people in 2020. Those objects will be different, because of people’s different and unequal experiences of the pandemic – and we’d love you to share yours!. What will you put in the Museum of 2020?”

To get involved, simply upload your photograph of the object that will always remind you of 2020, and share it on Twitter using the hashtag #Museumof2020. Follow the #Museumof2020 hashtag on Twitter to see the submissions. 

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For media enquiries: please contact Sarah Hogg, Comms Manager at The Young Foundation on sarah.hogg@youngfoundation.org or on 07940 281470.

About The Young Foundation

The Young Foundation’s mission is to develop better connected and stronger communities across the UK. We research in and with communities to increase your understanding of community life today. We offer different methods and approaches to involve communities and grow their capacity to own and lead change. We provide tools and resources to support innovation to tackle the issues people and communities care about.