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#IMACoffeeBreak: Collecting Covid-19

13 May | 12:00 - 12:30

Irish Museums Association

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Collecting Covid-19

As collecting institutions, it is no surprise that amid the Covid-19 pandemic, museums are looking to collect evidence of the present pandemic for the future and document this historic event.

During this session, we will invite participants to share how (and if) their museum is capturing this crisis and everyday life in spring 2020. The session will seek to explore what are people collecting: is it mostly ephemeral or artistic outputs? what types of tangible material represent the impact of this crisis? When is the right time to collect: both in terms of gauging at what point something is no longer necessary, and being respectful of overburdening those in roles of public safety and health, and/or dealing with grief. How does one collect when in lockdown, not able to travel, without access to core  systems. 

Brenda Malone, National Museum of Ireland, and Collette Brownlee, Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, will outline their practices before participants are invited to share their perspectives.


These weekly gatherings of colleagues aim to provide connectivity between IMA members, allow you to share information and strategies, exchange ideas, and - most importantly - support each other during these difficult circumstances. 

The IMA Virtual Coffee Breaks are open to IMA members only (Individual members and staff from Institutional and Museum members). 

This event is now fully booked.