According to the UK newspaper the Telegraph, items such as the letter sent by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to all UK households about the coronavirus outbreak could be among the items collected. The experimental magnets which were accidentally lodged up a scientist’s nose as part of an attempt to create an anti-virus device may also be included. Hand sanitiser and social distancing posters might also be acquired for future generations, while digital content is another important aspect of the research.
The museum will research stories and identify objects linked to the pandemic but crucially “our curators are undertaking this serious project within strict ethical guidelines, given the current global emergency, so as not to distract from vital work,” the spokeswoman stresses. There are no plans to show the coronavirus artefacts, however. “Indeed, we have not talked about a timeframe, and in any event the timing would reflect public appetite,” she adds