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Collecting in times of Covid

The Historical Museum is requesting to jointly contribute in order to commemorate the time of the Covid Crisis in Frankfurt in the future.

How will we remember the Corona pandemic in Frankfurt? What was important to us in Frankfurt during this situation? To set a record of this time in the city's history, the Historical Museum asks everyone to a joint contribution of: Pictures, texts, audios, videos, photos, objects and stories.

We first published this call in March 2020. At present, in 2022 the pandemic is unforationately still prevailing – we continue to collect: personal memories, for example, and insights into everyday life. As a Museum of Frankfurt, only submissions that relate directly to the city will be included. Submissions that have no relation to Frankfurt are referred to the nationwide collecting Corona Archive.

How does the collection work?

There are two ways to submit:

Via Email:

Pictures describing everyday life during the pandemic or tell of things that helped you through everyday life can be emailed to the museum. Please also tell us why this is or was so important to you. We will then contact you (please be patient). The objects which are finally to be included in the museum collection is decided upon jointly. N.B.: We have already received a lot of masks. However, we are still short of objects from people and areas that are particularly under pressure over the two years, such as people who work in the medical section...

The curators Dorothee Linnemann and Nina Gorgus are looking forward to your email:

Nina Gorgus
Curator for the collections Toys, Everyday Culture and Household II (from 1880), Childhood and Youth Culture

Dorothee Linnemann
Curator for the Graphic Arts Collection, Photography, Media and Communication

A small selection of submission is on display in the museum's foyer.

Via "Stadtlabor Digital":

Users can also recount their experiences and share their images in „Stadtlabor Digital“. The site already has a "corona" section. Self-produced audio, video, image and text contributions are uploaded to the Frankfurt map and shared with the community. The result is a growing, collaborative collection of Frankfurt knowledge that makes it possible to experience how people deal with the current situation.
In order to participate, please create an account on the homepage of the Historical Museum at "Login" above. After the log in you can start directly. For the contributions we have presently created the now new section "corona". At last, your contributions will be activated by the museum staff and will then appear online.

Thank you very much for your willingness to share and document your daily life experiences during the corona pandemic in Frankfurt!