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NMB launches appeal for old family photographs and stories

A sample of the old family photographs at the National Museum of Bermuda (Image supplied)

Pictures and stories about people and everyday life in Bermuda are being hunted by the National Museum of Bermuda.

The community crowd sourcing project was designed to amass old family photographs and their associated stories to become part of the NMB’s permanent collection.

Elena Strong, the executive director at the Dockyard museum, said staff wanted “images and stories of everyday people who may have been excluded from the historic record”.

She explained: “History is more than a collection of dates, events and famous people – it is about the lived experience of people like all of us.

“I encourage everyone to submit a family photograph so we can build a better picture of everyone who calls, or has called, Bermuda home.”

The images will also be added to digital and in-person exhibits at the museum, to be launched this year and in early 2023 as part of Bermuda Family Scrapbook – Your Pictures, Your Stories, Our History.

Photographs, whether posed, candid, professional or amateur, are welcomed, along with the stories highlighting the history of the people depicted – and historical events that might have touched their lives.

Deborah Atwood, the NMB curator, said: “The more stories that are shared, the more vibrant and vivid our picture of Bermuda's history becomes and the better we understand ourselves and each other.”

Scanned images and written descriptions and stories can be uploaded online here.

The family scrapbook project is an extension of the museum’s Tracing Our Roots/Routes education programme.

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Published April 01, 2022 at 7:54 am (Updated April 04, 2022 at 11:06 am)

NMB launches appeal for old family photographs and stories

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