Objects may be tangible, concrete links to the past. Stories, tales and memories can provide important information not only about an object and its past and present context but also about people, places and events linked to the object.
The community collection model includes a component where stories, tales, memories and information are recorded and linked to objects that are shared. This contextual information is often unique and specific to a particular person or family, even when linked to a common object which may be seen in many different contexts. As such, the recording and sharing of the story, in textual form or as audio or video, is crucial.
The information may be gathered at a collection event, where team members talk to contributors and record their information before linking it to a digital version of their objects. Information can also be shared by people who use an online collection platform, such as those provided by Europeana 1914-1918 or Lest We Forget.