Activities & Itineraries

Be Part Of History And Record Your Life In Iso For The State Library’s Memory Bank

By Rick Stephens
27th Apr 2020

Your Pulp Fiction-themed Zoom call with the squad may feel like an insignificant blip in existence as we know it, maybe just as meaningless as that chicken soup you spent eight hours labouring over. The reality is, though, that your actions during isolation are marking a historic moment in time, and the State Library of Victoria wants to capture this with Memory Bank, an initiative that will record the way life has changed for us all, which can then be shared with generations into the future.

The State Library of Victoria is calling on citizens—who will play a vital part in documenting life during the COVID-19 pandemic—to contribute to memory bank via the official Facebook group, via the hashtag #SLVMemoryBank, on the website and in-person once safe to do so. 

“Ordinary people, not just historians, play a critical role in recording extraordinary moments in time. The Library is calling on the Victorian community to become citizen collectors so that together we can build a Memory Bank of these times for Victorians in the future,” said State Library of Victoria Lead Curator, Carolyn Fraser. 

Getting involved is simple, with the team at the State Library of Victoria guiding anyone wanting to take part through simple prompts. The first task asks participants to share a photo of their fridge or pantry’s inventory, which in time, will offer an insight into the idiosyncrasies and nuances of the world we’re currently living in.

And while these moments may seem inconsequential right now, the State Library of Victoria believes it’s small recordings like these that assist in building out a collective history.

“We each have a role to play in capturing the history we are creating and it’s the small, seemingly incidental things which, pieced together, will provide a snapshot of this moment in time.

“Isolation has given rise to new ways of connecting, learning, working and living–along with new challenges and anxieties about the future.

“Through Memory Bank, we hope to capture the highs and lows of this period so that in five,10 and 100 years there’s a collective memory of what life was like,” said State Library Victoria CEO, Kate Torney.

Head to the official website to find out more about how you can be involved in the Memory Bank project.

Image credit: Patrick Rodriquez

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