Your Story Matters


Start your room

To tell your story using Your Story Matters, you need a desktop computer or tablet and a smartphone. The smartphone is for taking photos and adding them directly to your room, while the computer or tablet is for designing your room and telling your story.

To create your room, you need to first choose a title.

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Your title is the first thing people will see, so choose a title that best describes what's inside your room. To give your room a unique visual identity, you can upload a background image for your room or use one from the gallery.


Fill your room

You're adding real-life photos of personal objects to your room, so you'll need to be physically near these objects.

To add objects to your room you must scan the QR code on the screen with your mobile phone and then take a photo of an object you want to add. Ta daa! It will appear in your room! To submit your room, you must add at least one object via the QR code scan. This object will be visible on the start page.

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Select objects that are special to you! For example, a piece of jewellery from your grandparents, a book from your childhood, or the ashtray from your first flat.


Tell your story

Once an object is uploaded to your room, you can share the story of that object by adding text (500 characters), pictures and videos (via URLs). This is your chance to explain why an object is an important part of your journey.

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Take your time! You can leave your room and enter it again at any time. To find your room again, use the key you received via email.


Submit your room

When you're finished, you can submit your room to be included on the Your Story Matters website.

Before it is published online, your room will be reviewed by our team of moderators. This process can take 3 to 6 weeks. We are grateful for your patience. When your room is published, you will be notified via email.

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A note on appropriate content

The museum team will check your room for content that contradicts our terms of use. This includes, but is not limited to, racist, anti-semitic, xenophobic, sexist, homophobic, queerphobic, transphobic or ableist content, as well as pornographic content, or any content that violates the dignity and right to self-determination of one or more other persons or is discriminatory in any way. If we notice such content, your room will not be approved.