This Stuff Matters Open Now

This Stuff Matters Open Now
24th May 2019 Tess Hudak

Our new exhibition This Stuff Matters has opened at St Martin-in-the-Fields, running until 02 September.

There is a hidden history of homelessness in the UK that shines a light on today’s crisis. 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. From June 20th 2019 to September 2nd 2019, we will be sharing an exhibition created by people who are, or who have been homeless. Working over four weeks at the Connection at St Martin’s, we have created This Stuff Matters.

Supported by artist Chloe Osborne, this capsule exhibition takes the largely hidden history of homelessness in the UK as it’s starting point. Our curators have selected 13 items from our archive to share with the public. These include placards made to protest the recent housing crisis, obscure archival records that highlight long lost social agitators and campaigning material from the past as well as today.

Rather than a typical exhibition or a timeline of homelessness history, our curators are offering you an experience from the heart; a series of glimpses into what has gone before and what is happening today.  Labels and documentary evidence within the show has been written by people who either are or have been homeless.

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. In 2018 Shelter estimated that at least 320,000 families were homeless and research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism tells us that between October 2017 and March 2019, 800 people have died whilst homeless, many in tragic and avoidable circumstances.

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 

Large print copies of the exhibition labels and feedback tags are provided on the table at the far left of the exhibition.

With thanks to

Our team of curators who put the exhibition together.

This Stuff Matters was curated by:

Anabel Claro, Bullring Bash, Chloe Osborne, Chris Holland, Dennis Goffe, Evgeny Gribov, Frederick Heymann, Gary Birdsall, Himalaya (Purnima Singh), Jess Turtle, Lainie, Luca Vasile, Lyubomir Dimov, Mark Stuart-Smith, Matt Turtle, Sheryle Thomas, Zygmunt Glownia

The exhibition would also not be possible without the support of St Martin-in-the-Fields and 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.

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