Corona Heritage and the Omnipresence of the Present

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Shortly after going into lockdown, museums from around the world urged the public to document the COVID 19 pandemic and share it with the institution. In this contribution, ‘Corona virus heritage collections’ as a phenomenon are linked to Francois Hartog’s work on presentism. Based on interviews with several Dutch curators, and an exploration of Corona collections from multiple countries published online, it is argued that the value of these collections lies primarily in the present – for the public as a way to act in uncertain times, and a way for institutions to increase their societal relevance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic History Weekly
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2021


  • heritage
  • cultural memory
  • COVID-19
  • museums, galleries, and archives


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