This Stuff Matters Vol.1
Sitting in a lock-up somewhere in London is a hidden history of homelessness and housing in the UK. This is our collection and archive. It is a history that shows us what has happened on the streets, in hostels, in politics and in people’s lives over the last 70 years.
This Stuff Matters Vol.1 was a takeover of the gallery at Islington Central Library where we worked with the grassroots action organisation Streets Kitchen to share our archive with the public. Held on 09 December 2017, Our team chose 6 special items from the archive that they think offer us something to think about today. These stories referenced histories of hostel closures, the housing crisis, Christmas, animals as well as those who pass away on our streets.
This was a colourful sharing of recent homelessness history that raises questions about what is happening today. Featuring visual archive presentations, conversation and hands on activity, we used historical records, news, maps and photography as an inspiration for sharing the stories of housing and homelessness.
Specially curated by team MoH, this was the first time we have shared these items and you can find out more about this amazing presentation in our Why it matters mini-zine.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.