Street Museum Postponed

Street Museum Postponed
31st October 2020 Jessica Turtle
Streetmuseum in London is postponed due to second lockdown.
5 white plinths are displayed on a London street with objects on them. Two people smile for the camera in the outdoor street museum.

Museum of Homelessness Street Museum. September 2020
Photocredit: Daniela Sbrisny

Street Museum is currently not happening due to London being in tier 2.

When can I visit?

Before lockdown, we were hosting Streetmuseum between Thursday 12 – 2pm.

Where is it?

At Highbury Corner, Islington, Opposite the Famous Cock pub.

Is it safe?

Streetmuseum is currently postponed due to London being in tier 2. When we are operating we regularly risk assess StreetMuseum and have COVID-19 measures in place. As it is an outdoor display, it is safer than an indoor gallery.

What do you do?

In non-lockdown times, #StreetMuseum is the usual place for our community. It is an anchor in the week, at a time when isolation is a problem. We do not have a building at the moment so we meet for a couple of hours on the street and share our museum collection with our visitors and passers by. We ensure we are keeping to social distancing/gathering rules and following all the most recent COVID19 guidelines.

On Thursdays we were also carrying out #StreetSolidarity which means we take hot meals out to people who are living or working at street level in Holloway, Upper Street and Angel. Thanks to St Mary’s Mutual Aid who are providing the hot meals, which is essential as we do not currently have a base.

What are you doing instead of Streetmuseum?

During the first lockdown in the spring 2020, MoH ran a streetwork operation taking food and other essentials to people on the streets and in temporary accommodation in Islington. We called this the COVID-19 Homeless Taskforce.

During the 2nd lockdown we re-activated this work and we are currently working every week alongside our taskforce partners the Simon Community taking food and essentials to the streets of Westminster.

We are currently considering whether or not we bring Streetmuseum back. This year many services will be closed at Christmas leaving many in our community without any Christmas cheer. Our current priority is to make sure we can provide as much solidarity as possible to our friends on the streets.

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