V&A Museum London is documenting XR movement for action on climate change
London - The Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum in London has acquired a number of objects that document the movement by Extinction Rebellion (XR) - a global activist group calling for urgent action on climate change through acts of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience.
Since its first public action on October 31, 2018, urging the UK government to declare a climate and ecological emergency and commit to reducing emissions to net-zero by 2025, the movement has grown into an international movement with over 363 groups active in 59 countries around the world.
The museum, with a footfall of millions every year, has acquired the open-source Extinction Symbol, the Declaration that accompanied their first act of Rebellion, and flags carried during mass demonstrations.
Selection of these new acquisitions went on display in the V&A's Rapid Response Collecting Gallery this week.
In addition, the V&A Museum of Childhood has acquired a child's high-visibility jacket worn during a peaceful XR rebellion. The jacket will be shown with banners, stamps, flags and posters as well as photographs that tell the story of how XR engages with young families.