The Museum of Civilization looks forward. It calls on the population to build a collection of objects associated with the pandemic. About twenty objects from personalities have already been collected and are on display until November 27.
“The goal is to be able to bear witness, one day, to this historic moment in the history of Quebec and the world,” said President and CEO Stéphan La Roche.
This idea of collection was born in March in the first days of confinement.
“We felt that we were going to live a historic period,” he added, during an interview.
Stephan La Roche
The first steps were taken with the collection of around a hundred written testimonies. The next step was to continue with significant objects. “We approached personalities, and people also approached us to offer us things,” said Stéphan La Roche.
These objects are grouped together in a display case in the entrance hall of the Musée de la civilization.
Among the objects collected, we find macaroons and bracelets from the 2020 edition of the Festival d'été de Québec, a bottle of hand sanitizer produced by the Stadaconé Distillery and a toque and a rainbow sweater worn by Ariane Moffatt in the Debout home video .
Marc-André Gagnon, journalist for the Journal de Québec, handed over his press card for the Tribune of the National Assembly and a letter delivered by Prime Minister Legault, underlining the exceptional contribution of the media.
The public is invited to submit their proposed objects by November 27. A form is available at mcq.org.
“We intend to present something one day, but we will wait until we are completely out of this situation, in order to have a little perspective. These are also objects that could be found in an exhibition on major epidemics, ”noted Stéphan La Roche.
The Musée de la civilization also unveiled a collaboration with Janette Bertrand and the AvantÂge program of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal and the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal.
The Museum will keep 500 texts written by elders, at the invitation of Janette Bertrand, which recount their lives.
“These texts will enrich and document the history of Quebec,” said the president and director general of the Musée de la civilization.