The Brexit referendum of 2016 was one of the key historical turning points of our lifetimes. There is a tremendous story behind this that deserves to be preserved. Unless we act, much of it will be lost. Gaps will then be filled with misperceptions, fake news, and myth.
Our objective is to plug that gap at the time when it is easiest, right now while memories are fresh, attics are still filled with treasures, and before items and stories get lost.
The museum is the heart of the proposal and its main public space. It explains not just about what happened in 2016 (it would be quite boring if that’s all it did), but the deeper historical context and how the UK came to be the way it is – including areas that tend to get skipped on the national curriculum.
The story of Brexit is a complex one. The central spotlight of course falls on the history of the UK’s membership in the evolving European Union. It is a story of political intrigue, grassroots activism, selfless service, and bold rebels – on both sides of the divide.
But it also involves exploring important issues that underlie Sovereignty, Democracy, Good Governance, Trade, and continental power. At play, there is a far deeper history. There is an enduring thread that prompts us to reflect on who we are as a nation, our shifting relationships with our neighbours, and difficult choices that have previously lain before us.
Help us tell that epic tale.
“The June 2016 EU referendum marks a crucial turning point in the UK’s history and it is surely right that it should be marked by bringing together a comprehensive collection of all the materials and artifacts used to fight the closely fought referendum battle.”
“The great struggle over sovereignty deserves to be recorded for posterity. That is why we need to ensure a museum is created to recognise the long campaign for independence.”
“This is an important initiative and I warmly encourage everyone to contribute.”
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