The story of 2020 will be recorded in so many ways – scroll your Instagram grid, flip through the pictures on your phone, look at the diary (full of Zoom dates, lacking in social invites!). We discovered one magical idea online in the Museum of 2020. This is an online photo gallery of pictures which is charming and poignant.
The museum of 2020
In December, the Young Foundation charity asked the British public to submit a photo of an object that summed up the year for them. Now the online Museum of 2020 has collated a gallery of the pictures, sorted into themes ranging from friends and family, to Covid objects, footwear, and pets. It’s fascinating! Take a look and be inspired… could be a project for your team? Include your clients and make an online collage.
You can do it
So most of you salons have a website – probably has a news section or blog that’s not getting much love right now. How about emailing all your contacts – staff, families, clients – and inviting them to submit a picture of something that is important to them in Lockdown. Can be named or anonymous. Then create a collage or story online. It’s a fantastic way to connect. NB don’t forget to share with us if you do it!
Helen Goulden, CEO at The Young Foundation, comments:
“Ask people to share a photo that sums up the year for them in any regular ‘normal’ year and I suspect we would have seen some very different images and objects. People would have posted things relating to special ‘moments’ that happened in the year – the holiday snapshot, the wedding, the new toy. But 2020 has been different. Our ‘moments’ became ‘months’ as lockdown extended over the year. Our worlds became smaller, circling round a square mile or so. While loss – of relatives, jobs or opportunity – has seeped into so many lives, we’ve been edged into appreciating the mundane and gaining comfort from things we had taken for granted.
“So it is no surprise that the Museum of 2020 yielded so many ‘every day’ things. We now have more empathy for the person who posted a picture of a pair of trainers because getting out running was now a lifeline; or the slippers, because getting out just wasn’t possible. Some of these objects have sad stories behind them, some have happy memories or make you laugh. It’s incredible the resonance you feel by reading through these submissions, by people you’ve never met before. I think people are seeking out solidarity; often needing to feel the connection with others in the face of something alien and universal.”
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