Objectified – 10 – 14 October

Objectified – 10 – 14 October
25th July 2018 Tess Hudak

Launching at Manchester Art Gallery on World Homeless Day from the 10th to 14th October, 2018


The Baccy that levels the playing field

A plastic Bag – the unsung hero of the 70s

The Bottle of milk they made me drink

This Card saves lives (sometimes)

The old tale of a baboon and Candle

The Cross that keeps me going

The Nit Comb to keep yourself clean, keep yourself tidy

The Lamp made from old bike parts

The Leg to try on for size

Medical Notes that tell only half the story

The Memorial Card for mum

You’re like this Music when you’re happy

A Pen to measure the right dose

The Picture worth a thousand words

In and out… The story of the Roundabout

Naloxone to bring you back from overdose

The Scales of social justice

The Stick and snake’s head

Sagatonna’s Symbol or a rounded world view?

More than just a set of Teeth


 Performances at 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm and 3.45pm each day

Click here to book (Limited Spaces) 

Objectified is an interactive exhibition that explores the hidden causes of homelessness.

Museums usually hold great treasures like paintings in golden frames, marble statues or grand old books. Our treasures might look ordinary in comparison, they include bin bags, tobacco and a comb. But each is a fragment of a life lived. The stories they tell challenge stereotypes about what it means to be homeless and reveal a history that’s too often hidden. We think they can change your mind in a literal sense, altering how the brain responds to homelessness. Join one of our performances at Manchester Art Gallery this October and find out if we’re right.

To make Objectified, Museum of Homelessness has been working with world class social neuroscientist Dr Lasana Harris to explore why some people are treated as less than human, allowing homelessness to continue to rise in 2018. This exhibition will help us all understand why it is possible for this to happen in one of the wealthiest nations in the world.

The testimonies that accompany the objects will be performed by storytellers, directed by Tony McBride, MoH associate (formerly Cardboard Citizens). Our storytellers bring the complex and moving stories behind the objects to life, using the exact words spoken by the people who have donated the object. This method means the project will further contribute to actively involving those with lived experience of homelessness in research in Greater Manchester.

There will also be other opportunities to engage with Objectified in October and November with workshops and events taking place as part of the Manchester Science Festival and the With One Voice International Arts and Homelessness Summit and Festival. In addition, award winning filmmaker Dorothy Allen Pickard has been commissioned to make a documentary on Objectified.

Full programme details and booking information will be available on our website from September 3rd .

Objectified is funded by the Wellcome Trust

Project partners

It has been further supported in part by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC) and Public Programmes team at Manchester University NHS Trust. The views expressed in Objectified are those of the author(s) and donor(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

Key partners on the project include ThoughtworksManchester Art GalleryMustard TreeH3 – Helping the Homeless into Housing and Groundswell.



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