Yesterday's Future J. Scriba

In search of milestones

The museum’s mission is to document milestones of technical progress, but whether a curator’s judgement on current developments proves right in historical dimensions will be clear only decades into the future.
Every Tuesday the objects commission convenes. Its members survey the candidates: donations by friends of the museum, leftovers from defunct companies. New acquisitions are few – owing to ever-scarce funds. More often, curators proudly present curious finds they were able to obtain through personal connections.

Once an object gets the nod of approval it may begin its journey into the time mine. Technicians dutifully measure and document dimensions and weight. It gets photographed, officially registered and assigned an inventory number before being moved to its temporary resting place in the expansive archives.