2020 has been one of the toughest years the world has ever seen. But through the brutal Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve also witnessed astounding resilience, compassion and even innovation as business worldwide pivoted, merged and conquered.
Now, if you’ve got a meaningful story to share about your experience grappling with the epidemic, then why not tell this via Documenting Covid-19 in Singapore which gives locals a chance to discuss their experiences living in the new normal.
Initiated by the National Library Board (NLB) and National Museum of Singapore, the project that has been extended till Jun 2021 has already received over 510 submissions of more than 3,100 photos, personal stories, videos, ephemera, webpages, blogs and diaries and creative responses. And with Phase 3 fast approaching, the curatorial team hopes to gather more in order to preserve and paint a more complete picture of life in Singapore during Covid-19 for future generations.
To be part of this meaningful exercise, here are a few things you may like to contribute.
Either submit photographs, personal stories, videos, journals, blog entries and more to this NLB webpage, or contribute images of unique face masks you’ve made during the Circuit Breaker period. You can even leave thoughtful responses including painting and stories about the pandemic here, so both NLB and the National Museum are able to check out and utilise for upcoming exhibitions if relevant.
For now, a small selection from the first batch of contributions will be displayed at Collecting Contemporary Singapore: Collecting Covid-19 in Singapore in Home Truly, Growing Up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present, an exhibition which opened on Dec 19 at the National Museum. Plans to feature interesting stories in a series of monthly blogposts on the National Library Blog from now till Mar 2021 is also currently in place.
So to receive a chance to be featured in Singapore’s history books, future exhibitions and more, just submit your responses, wherever you deem appropriate. It’s also a great opportunity to stand in solidarity with your fellow Singaporeans, encouraging and uplifting them with stories, images and homemade materials.
More information available here.