NMB Launches “United Together” Project

April 16, 2020

The National Museum of Bermuda [NMB] is launching ‘United Together: Sharing Bermuda’s Covid-19 Pandemic Stories’, a project collecting electronic mementoes of people’s experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson said, “To capture this unprecedented time, the National Museum of Bermuda [NMB] is launching United Together: Sharing Bermuda’s Covid-19 Pandemic Stories, a project collecting electronic mementoes of people’s experiences as our community grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo by local student Reilly Durfy, on Instagram as @photo.rjd:

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“NMB encourages all in Bermuda to submit their experiences, thoughts, and reflections of what it is like living here during the coronavirus pandemic. Examples of early submissions include a photograph of waiting in line at the grocery store with six-foot measurements marked on the floor; recordings of virtual school lessons; drawings of empty streets and offices; and diagrams showing how to make your own face masks at home.

National Museum of Bermuda Executive Director Elena Strong and her daughter Leah modelling their face masks made by local artist Janet Percy

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“Post your journal entries, photos, videos, drawings, songs and poems to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using the hashtag #UnitedTogetherBDA and tag the National Museum of Bermuda. You can also submit your photos and stories via email to curator@nmb.bm with the subject heading United Together: My Story. Museum staff will review all submissions and put together an online exhibit to share your stories and creativity.”

Artwork by Brenda Gitschner: “Shelter in Place: I was inspired to paint during these difficult times and not to forget the beauty of our colorful Island”

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NMB Executive Director Elena Strong said, “The global Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped the way we live. As we rapidly adapt to a new way of life we are mindful of the toll that this virus has taken on us as individuals and as a community.. We are living history right now.

“Documenting and preserving this moment and your experiences of it are incredibly important. Help your National Museum of Bermuda keep a record of what it was like to live through these times – we look forward to seeing your submissions.”

Easter rocks, in lieu of eggs, painted by Amanda Temple, Sacha and Indigo Adamson and hidden in their garden

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The spokesperson said, “Currently, the Museum is not accepting physical objects but encourages people to keep mementoes from this time and consider donating when the Museum reopens.

“For over four decades, the National Museum of Bermuda [NMB] has been a steward of Bermuda’s cultural heritage. The artefacts in the Museum’s collections document the development of Bermuda over five centuries, the everyday lived experience of locals, and the connections Bermuda has with the wider Atlantic world.”

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  1. Harry Harvey says:

    congratulations reilly, and to everyone else. rlly good.

    • Reilly Durfy says:

      Thanks Man! I really appreciate it! A Piece of the Pandemic #2 is up on my Instagram and #3 is coming on Monday!

  2. Clear Blue says:

    People who only come together when they are scared of death and who will go back to being selfish monsters as soon as everything is fine are not worth saving.

    • ella says:

      Hey…. keep that opinion to yourself. We dont need it right now. HARSH!