The development and coordination of contemporary collecting is the core task of our network. By the methods of contemporary collecting the museums are able to collect new material or complement their existing collections. It allows the present-day or recent phenomena, like everyday manners and items, environments, modes of transport, occupational groups or events, to be collected for the future generations as our common cultural heritage.
Our pool museums work together in contemporary collecting projects. We coordinate a biannual contemporary collecting campaign day , where museums all over Finland document the same theme during one specific day. The museums choose their own perspective and subject according to their respective sector and mission.
In the spring of 2020 TAKO invited museums to a meeting that focussed on contemporary documentation around Covid-19, future plans, practical tips and opportunities for collaborative documentation. At the same time an overall picture of the collected themes was built and a discussion was had on the common listing policies.
The TAKO network also gives awards for museums that have made a special effort for contemporary collecting. A biannual award was founded in 2019 to encourage museums to do contemporary collecting and develop the methods for it, and further increase the visibility of contemporary documentation and collecting duties.