Our new exhibition This Stuff Matters opens on 20 June 2019 at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Sitting in storage somewhere in London is a secret history of homelessness in the UK that shines a light on this history. This 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 and we will be sharing an exhibition created by people from the Connection at St Martin’s, working with members of Museum of Homelessness community on 20 June.
Supported by artist Chloe Osborne, this capsule exhibition takes the largely hidden history of homelessness in the UK as it’s starting point. Visitors will be offered four unique journeys around items selected from MoH archive by our curators. These include placards during the recent housing crisis, obscure archival records that highlight long lost social agitators and campaigning material from the past.
Rather than a typical exhibition or a timeline of homelessness history, our curators have instead created a powerful experience that offers a series of glimpses into what has gone before and what is happening today, with labels and documentary evidence provided by the people who have put the show together.
History is something we pay close attention to at the Museum of Homelessness, yet all too often in the debates about homelessness and housing, it is forgotten. The lessons that history could teach us are not being learned. Large numbers of people continue to die on the streets in 2019 and in 2018 Shelter estimated that at least 320,000 families are homeless.
This Stuff Matters is an exhibition about learning from history, and about the questions that matter about homelessness today.
Visiting the Exhibition
This Stuff Matters will run until 2nd September 2019 and can be found in the Crypt at St Martin-in-the-Fields next to the box office and the shop space. General opening times are below but do check the St Martin’s website before visiting.
Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 8.45pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
With thanks to
This Stuff Matters would not be possible without the support of St Martin-in-the-Fields who are hosting the exhibition, Turning Point who have funded the project and our partners at the Connection at St-Martin-in-the-Fields.
Find out more about our last This Stuff Matters project at Islington Library.