Announcing new trustees!
Museum of Homelessness is delighted to announce the appointment of four new trustees today, 6th October 2021. We welcome Aderonke Apata, Dr. Stephanie Grohmann, Rachael Minott and Martha Spurrier to the board.
Museum of Homelessness Chair of Trustees, Sharon Heal, said
“We are delighted to be welcoming our new trustees to the Museum of Homelessness. This is an important moment in the development of the museum and we know from our work over the past 18 months that the stories and experience of those that are homeless need to be captured and remembered now more than ever. Our new trustees bring a wealth of personal, professional and campaigning experience and we look forward to working with them in this exciting new phase of the development of the museum.”
You can read more information on our new trustees here:
Aderonke Apata is a human rights activist and feminist who has a BSc in Microbiology, a Master of Public Health and a Postgraduate Degree in Law. She is currently studying for the Bar Professional Training Course and Master of Law. She is a campaigner for people seeking asylum to stay in the UK, of which she gained asylum after a 13-year battle. Aderonke was named ‘Activist of the Year’ at the Sexual Freedom Awards (2018) and the winner of the Ron Todd Foundation Equality Awards (2018). Aderonke was also the proud winner at the Attitude Pride Awards'(2017) and the winner of the ‘Positive Role Model for LGBT’ at the National Diversity Awards (2014), where she was described as “an unstoppable force in fighting for justice.” Aderonke is the founder of Manchester Migrant Solidarity and African Rainbow Family, an LGBT group that supports people seeking asylum in UK and campaigning for the repeal of the toxic Nigerian Anti-LGBTIQ Law.
Dr Stephanie Grohmann is a social scientist with 15+ years’ experience in researching homelessness, housing precarity and other forms of displacement. Currently Steph is the Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Centre for Homelessness and Inclusion Health at the University of Edinburgh. Steph holds a phD in Anthropology and an MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods (Gender Studies). Steph has held professional appointments at the University of Oxford, University of Greenwich and Goldsmiths. She has published widely and is the author of The Ethics of Space: Homelessness and squatting in Urban England (2020)
Rachael Minott is a Jamaican-born artist, curator and researcher. She is currently Inclusion and Change Manager at the National Archives and the chair of the Decolonising Guidance Working Group for the Museums Association. Previous curatorial work has included working as Curator of Anthropology with a focus on Social Practice at the Horniman Museum and Gardens; Researcher and co-curator of the exhibitions The Past is Now: Birmingham and the British Empire (2017), Within and Without: Body Image and the Self (2018) with Birmingham Museums Trust. As an artist she has exhibited in the 4th Ghetto Biennale in Port au Prince, Haiti 2015 and the Jamaica Biennial 2017 and in her solo exhibition Thinking about Jamaica, Willesden Gallery 2019 .
Martha Spurrier is a human rights lawyer and campaigner. She is the Director of Liberty, campaigning for justice and civil liberties across an array of issues from policing and surveillance to migrants’ rights and LGBTQ+ equality. Martha is also an Associate Tenant of Doughty Street Chambers and a Visiting Professor of Law at Goldsmiths University.