Published: 2020-05-05 15:28 | Updated: 2020-05-05 15:37

Pandemic Memory Bank – send in your contribution!

Lab at KI, 1950's.
Lab environment at KI.

The current pandemic affects all aspects of Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital, and one day, researchers, archivists and others will want to learn about how Swedish healthcare and Swedish research responded to it. The Medical History and Heritage Unit is gathering source material and needs your help to preserve the moment!

In fifty or a hundred years, people will want to know what it was like to be right here, right now. So please write a first-hand account, take a photo, shoot a video, record a sound file or select an item linked to Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital and help build our Pandemic Memory Bank. Whether you’re working extra or leading a major research project, you’re the ones who know best what to contribute. 

You can record your project, your daily work, an event, an observation, your expectations and hopes, a feeling... whatever you like. Remember, too, that mundane items have historical value: the test tube, the pipette, the gloves, the broken visor.

How to contribute

  • Submit your text, video, audio or photo file online using this form.
  • Video and audio recorded on your mobile is fine.
  • To submit a physical item, please contact Maria Josephson.
  • Include today’s date, your position, your place of work and, if you want, your full name.
  • Feel free to keep contributing over a period of time; this will help in the tracking of developments and processes.

Personal details and other sensitive data

Nothing you submit will be published without your consent. However, we might want to get in touch to ask a question, invite you to submit more material or obtain your permission to publish or display your contributions in future exhibitions, for example. We ask you not to submit material that can compromise patient security or disclose other kinds of protected data.

For more information, see GDPR at Karolinska Institutet


Maria Josephson Administrative officer