Collecting the Curve

Capturing Victorian experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shopper buying bread at a bakery
Contactless payments and customer limits in a Melbourne bakery, May 2020.

I’m proud to share this virtual showcase documenting the story of the COVID-19 pandemic as we’re experiencing it in Victoria.

The social and economic disruption caused by the pandemic is almost unimaginable. As Victoria’s state museum, it is critical that we capture this extraordinary moment and its myriad stories⁠—from groundbreaking medical research in the fight to find a vaccine, to the upheaval being felt in almost every part of the economy.

Also included are the more human and intimate stories of communities coming together to support one another, and of people finding new ways to stay connected while maintaining social distancing in lockdown.

As so much of our lives have moved online, it is appropriate that this first phase of Collecting the Curve is virtual. More than just a showcase, Collecting the Curve is a living collecting project, and over the weeks and months ahead we will continue to share stories and items as they are added to the state collection.

Collecting the Curve will also include a series of spirited discussions that will present the virus and its impact from different viewpoints, ranging from prominent scientists and researchers to families experiencing forced quarantine.

Collecting the Curve is a truly extraordinary example of the agility and skill of Museums Victoria’s staff. I extend my sincere thanks to everyone who is working on this project, which tells such an important story for today’s and future generations of Victorians.

Collecting the Curve is an innovative new addition to Museums Victoria’s expansive Museum at Home platform.

—Lynley Crosswell, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Microscopic image of a virus
Crochet with  'HUG'
Child reading a sign in a playground
hospital beds in rows
Museum staff photographing people at a hotel


Join the Collecting the Curve conversation

As we collect and share objects and stories relating to Victorian experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic you can learn more and share your story through these programs and activities:

Museum of Staying at Home

Suitable for Year Levels 3–10 this project invites teachers and students in Victoria to document their staying-at-home experience by creating their own simple ‘exhibits’ at home, with guidance and resources from museum staff.

Discover more and enquiries

To keep up to date with the latest additions to Collecting the Curve make sure you follow Museums Victoria on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and we’ll let you know as items are added to the collection.

For other general enquiries and questions go to Ask us.

Media enquiries

Museums Victoria has experts who can provide comment on many questions about how we are researching, living with and adapting to life with COVID-19. 

Media enquiries and requests for expert comment should be directed to the Media and Communications team.

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