Monthly Bulletin from the ‘June 4th Memory & Human Rights Museum’, Oct 2020
Dear all supporters of the 'June 4th Memory & Human Rights Museum', we have completed our fundraising campaign with your kind participation, and is now in the process of preparation for its establishment. The demo version of the project for internal testing is expected to be available by the 4th of June next year, and the website will be officially inaugurated by the 3rd of August, which is the first anniversary of the beginning of this fundraising campaign. From this month onwards, we will also send monthly bulletins on the progress of the project to each sponsor; we welcome your valuable feedbacks and would like to keep ties with all of you, making this project a museum for all from the very beginning.
For the first two months following the fundraising campaign, our primary task will be building up a professional curating team, and we will announce the appointment of some of the team members when the timing is right. The team will start contacting related institutions and individuals to collect relics and documents from the June Fourth Incident for digitisation process. This is a time-consuming and wide-ranging task that we wish the museum will keep on with in the future.
We would also like to call for your help: if you possess any collections, or have participated in any researches related to the 1989 student demonstration and the democracy movement, please contact us at email@example.com to have your contributions permanently archived in the online 'June 4th Memory & Human Rights Museum' as part of the historical context for public access. Representatives from institutions preserving any aforementioned materials are welcome as well.
For the past two months, we have established different teams in charge of overall planning, design and development respectively in addition to an expert committee. By the end of the year, we will launch an official social media account for the museum, and the general concept, visual identity, as well as the collection list will be made public as well.
It was also within the past two months that we have witnessed some radical changes in Hong Kong. What we firmly believed in — the freedom of assembly, of speech, and of the press or memory — have almost vanished, which reminds us the memories and histories could disappear at any time. Hannah Arendt once told us that ‘depth cannot be reached by man except through remembrance’, and her wisdom holds true for every era of crisis. Memory from the year of 1989 is especially meaningful when juxtaposed with the national security law in Hong Kong today.
We would like extend our gratitude to all of you again, for taking on this historical task with us!
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any advice or information that you would like us to know.
With kind regards,
The June 4th Memory & Human Rights Museum Team