Collecting objects for the “Living with cancer” exhibition

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Perhaps it’s a personal object that reminds you of a diagnosis or treatment experience or someone you have met or known. Perhaps it’s a bit of tech, a diary, something home-made, a piece of clothing or jewellery. It could be an object that you are now starting to love or to hate. Often the most familiar or trivial objects can open a door for someone else to understand the emotional roller-coaster cancer can cause. Nothing is too small or commonplace.

Focussing on the people who live with, research, and treat cancer, the exhibition developed in partnership with the Science Museum Group and Cancer Research UK will explore what cancer is, its impact on lives, how we’ve come to treat it and how research is making a difference today. The exhibition will open at the Science and Industry Museum (Manchester) in October 2021 and then at the Science Museum (London) in May 2022, finally closing in September 2022. 

As part of the exhibition, we’re launching a collecting project to help us better represent and show what the experience of living with and beyond cancer is like today. To do this, we want to gather and display objects that meaningfully represent different aspects and experiences of lives touched by cancer. We will display selected objects within the exhibition and feature alongside them the individual’s story or memory.

Location: Online

Payment and Expenses: N/A – any cost incurred from transporting items to the exhibition will be paid by the Science Museum Group.

Time commitment: One-off submission. If selected, we’d expect you to have regular contact with the Science Museum Group in the run up to the exhibition


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