It’s the Last Call for the Open Call

March is ending, Zipper T. Bunny is on his way, and our Animal Crossing Diaries Open Call is coming to a close.

It’s been a wild ride! We’ve heard from nearly 200 people in the last 100 days. You’ve told us stories about friendship. You’ve shared with us ways in which Animal Crossing has aided your lockdown wellbeing and you’ve demonstrated how you’ve taken your cultural heritage beyond the walls of Blathers’ Museum.

Above all else we want to say thank you.

Tommy and Timmy say thank you to everyone! ❤️

What’s next?

Well, we’ll continue reading through submissions, recording and making notes of the emerging themes and ideas. Once that’s complete, a questionnaire will be sent out to all participants (who agreed to let us contact them) as well as anyone else who wants to take part. We’ll also be conducting interviews to form part of an oral history project. All this will allow us to explore some of those themes a little deeper, and find answers to any questions we may have.

Meanwhile, we’ll be putting together the first part of our brand new Animal Crossing Diaries Exhibition, an online-only exhibition looking at Animal Crossing’s origins, history and context. Coming this Summer!

All the things we’ve learnt about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with your ideas, stories, images and artifacts will be added to that digital exhibition later this year.  

Finally, we’ll collect up all the submissions and research for safe keeping in our Animal Crossing Diaries Collection, to preserve everything we’ve learnt about island life in during the Pandemic, so it will be available to researchers in the future.

It’s not too late to submit, we’d still love to hear from you. This round of the Open Call will close at midnight on 30th March. After that, submissions will still be accepted, and will form part of our Animal Crossing Diaries Collection, but they may not be included in the exhibition.

Tell us about your life in lockdown with Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

Our curator celebrates outside their Animal Crossing museum!