How to Contribute items
In a nutshell
We are looking for interesting things to put in a museum
... as well as ....
material to be preserved for future study in our archives and library.
What we are seeking
The following list is not exhaustive but might give you some ideas of what to look for in your loft;
(a) Relevant photographs
(b) Unique items, for instance a draft speech from the Maastricht debate
(c) Symbolic items like placards, badges, posters, and campaign rosettes
(d) Personal items that come with a story
(e) Items associated with an event, such as a folding desk and associated street stall display from a specific campaign visit
Archives and printed literature, some of which would be important enough to go on display, could include
(f) Personal correspondence
(h) Books on the EU
(j) Campaign literature
In time we hope to set up a collection process for digital archive: watch this space if you have film and video records.
Material could include items from other countries, from Remain campaigners and pro-EU groups, and material from the EU itself (eg the Raspberry Ice Cream War). We want to tell the full story. It’s a big one.
Please do remember some key details though. In particular, whatever is donated needs to come with a donation record. You can find that on a separate page on this website: just print it out, fill it in, and put it with the items. If there is more than one item and story to tell, then please fill out more than one form. We want to capture as much of the history as possible.
There are also couple of bear traps we want to avoid.
Do’s and Don’ts
Bag items to help preserve them, and keep them together: ideally, in a transparent thick heavy duty plastic bag.
Fill in a donation record, so we can record for posterity the full story behind each item – one for each plastic bag, or item of high significance.
Be patient! This is the work of volunteers with day jobs (including actually making 100% sure Brexit does happen as promised).
Offer to volunteer if you have spare time. Regional collectors may well need a helping hand at some stage, such as in logging bag contents to limit the risk of multiple identical donations, or helping with collections.
Send us leaflets and books if they are pro-EU: we want to record that viewpoint as a part of our country’s history too.
Send us lots of identical items. If you think there might be a good reason to do so, drop us a line first.
Send a massive collection – such as the complete forty years run of a review – without first checking: we might already have the complete collection but are missing an edition from just the one month.
Expect anyone to rock up at your garage tomorrow with a van. Please liaise with the county points of contact to work out an arrangement: it might mean working out when someone you know might be passing near them with a car in a few weeks’ time.
Expect the museum to be up and running any time soon. It will take years. But getting the wheels turning now gives us a chance of capturing the key artefacts, memories, and stories before they are lost to time.
Lend us items. We are not set up to manage loans and at this stage can only accept outright donations of items. If you send us something and then want it back, you’ll have to come down, find it amongst all the bags, and retrieve it! Only once the museum is up and running, and the collection’s IT and logs are established, can we manage loans - and that won’t be for a while yet.
Send us any money (just yet) – at this stage we are working on what the collection itself will look like, which will help narrow down the options we have on displaying it. We may put up a donation mechanism on this website, depending on feedback.
You'll find donation drop off points listed under "Where to Contribute". Look for the nearest one and pop them a line to arrange to drop by when you are in the neighbourhood. Don't forget to add a short donation record (see below) to capture the background. Feel free to type up a tale if there's more to tell.