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Rapid Response Collecting: Guelph Black Heritage Society march in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement is a major moment in international, national and local history. Members of the Guelph Black Heritage Society participated in and were instrumental in planning the peaceful march and protest held June 6, 2020. The march raised awareness for the lives lost in violence, and showed solidarity for the families most impacted.

Together, Guelph Museums and the Guelph Black Heritage Society are committed to preserving the local story and the experiences of Guelph individuals, families, and communities at this pivotal time.

Rapid Response Collecting is a new type of collecting activity at Guelph Museums. We are interested in collecting contemporary objects and personal expressions, in the midst of this significant social movement. We believe that Rapid Response Collecting will help us to collect and preserve truths about how we are living in this moment.

Guelph Museums is interested in collecting both born-digital items (images and expressions that are created and published in digital formats) and physical objects (material items, both hand-made and mass-produced).

Digital and Physical Items

Examples of born-digital items

  • Photographs and video
  • Screenshots of messages, threads, and images shared through social media platforms (i.e. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Memes and other unique formats of digital communication
  • Written reflections

Examples of physical items

  • A handwritten journal
  • Things you made by hand (i.e. signs, drawing, painting, etc.)
  • Mass-produced objects unique to the story (i.e. pins, t-shirts, etc.)

All contributions are welcome!

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