Business as (un)usual. We’ve said it before. In our business, buildings and history go together. Often, our buildings also hold artifacts, from public art to everyday objects, from permanent collections to temporary exhibitions such as our current one, for which curator Sinéad McCoole collected objects that tell stories from different decades and different perspectives.

On the occasion of International Museum Day, which this year is like no other, and inspired by its theme ‘Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion’, we are asking you to contribute an object, something that somehow represents your own current experience, the ‘here and now’ and the historic moments that we all go through. Your object might be associated with your private life or with society at large, with a change in everyday life, a new activity or the cessation or increase/decrease of an old activity, with personal or political conflict, with trauma, resilience or moments of joy or humour. It can be of any material, any size and any medium (i.e. can be perceived by any sense). Send us a photo, drawing or description of your object. You can also provide a comment that explains your choice (written in any language you are at home with) and let us know where in Dublin Castle you would like to see it displayed. You can send us more than one submission and we encourage entries from ALL AGES and comments in diverse languages and alphabets.

Send your submission(s) to DublinCastle@opw.ie with ‘Contemporary Collecting’ on the subject line. Deadline: 1 June 2020. Winning entries will receive a surprise award. Don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions. And remember: Museums are not about display; they are about debate. This is your chance to enter the conversation.