The museum opted to forgo a specific set of submission guidelines, and will allow the public to nominate which signs should be inducted. According to Cormier, the goal of this project is to capture what life is really like during this time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders. “We are tasked with creating a record of our times,” he told The Guardian. Some rainbow drawings honoring National Health Service workers will be added to the collection of the V&A Museum of Childhood, which is set to reopen in 2022 following a £13-million ($16 million) renovation.
The call for signs is part of the V&A’s “Pandemic Objects
” initiative that “compiles and reflects on objects that have taken on new meaning and purpose during the coronavirus outbreak.” The V&A has been exploring new ways of collecting since it launched its Rapid Response Collecting
program in 2014. Acquisitions made through this program aim to raise questions around globalization, social and political change, technology, and the law. In July 2019, the museum acquired
various artifacts related to the global environmental justice group, Extinction Rebellion, through the program.