About Us

Founded in 2015, Museum of Homelessness (MoH) is a community driven social justice museum, created and run by people with direct experience of homelessness.

Jess and Matt Turtle cofounders of Museum of Homelessness pose with plinths showing the Museum's collection in the Street Museum installation in London

Jess and Matt Turtle cofounders of Museum of Homelessness with plinths showing the Museum’s collection in the Street Museum installation in London

Museum of Homelessness crew take a break from filming the Objectified short film with Dorothy Allen Pickard

Museum of Homelessness crew take a break from filming the Objectified short film with Dorothy Allen Pickard

MoH tackles homelessness and housing inequality by amplifying the voices of its community through research, events, workshops, campaigns and exhibitions. MoH also provides direct support – bursaries, mentoring, training and practical support – to its community members.

Museum of Homelessness Homeless Taskforce volunteers in Trafalgar Square on Christmas Morning 2020

Museum of Homelessness Homeless Taskforce volunteers in Trafalgar Square on Christmas Morning 2020

Together we collect and share the art, history and culture of homelessness & housing inequality to change society for the better. Together we find hope in deeply divided and difficult times.

Museum of Homelessness team during exhibition installation

Museum of Homelessness team during exhibition installation

Truths of the Last Ten Years exhibition opening with friends of Museum of Homelessness and Queerseum at the Outside Project Community Centre December 2019

Truths of the Last Ten Years exhibition opening with friends of Museum of Homelessness and Queerseum at the Outside Project Community Centre December 2019

What our people say:

“It’s had a huge impact on me, on my self esteem. From a few years ago, when I felt invisible, like people didn’t’ see me. When I was in trouble before, people just said ‘oh I’m sorry’ but now I feel like I’ve met people who really care. So its really changed how I feel about myself, when you’re homeless, you feel very isolated…”

Read our first ever annual review here (July 16 – June 17)

Read our most recent annual review here (July 18 – June 19)

Registered Charity No. 1164091

Volunteers take supplies to the street in lockdown May 2020 from the Homeless Taskforce hub run by Museum of Homelessness and Streets Kitchen

Volunteers take supplies to the street in lockdown May 2020 from the Homeless Taskforce hub run by Museum of Homelessness and Streets Kitchen

David Tovey's Man on Bench Fairytale, a powerful opera performed at the Mayfield Depot and produced by Museum of Homelessness November 2018

David Tovey’s Man on Bench Fairytale, a powerful opera performed at the Mayfield Depot and produced by Museum of Homelessness November 2018

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Our Journey

Our first public launch was at Tate Modern in 2017. Since then MoH has worked in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and London. We have curated and produced unforgettable artistic work. We have campaigned for the rights of people who are homeless. Most recently, we repurposed all our activity and resources to provide emergency support during the pandemic, forming a Homeless Taskforce with our partners Streets Kitchen, the Outside Project and the Simon Community.

Here are some highlights from the journey so far:

Co-founders Matt and Jess and collaborating artist David Tovey are featured in the New York Times, to highlight State of the Nation, our first ever launch event and campaign launched in 2017.

Co-founder Jess talks about soup, the history of the grassroots scene of care and her own story when she met JP on Saturday Morning Live back in March 2017

A long read with Inside Housing on the journey of MoH and the hidden history of homelessness.

Co-founder Jess talks to the Canary’s Steve Topple about MoH bringing the State of the Nation campaign to Liverpool in early 2018.

Film-maker Dorothy Allen-Pickard blends story-telling with science and discussion with the MoH core group, as part of this docu-drama on our Manchester Objectified project. The film was released in late 2018.

MoH’s campaigning work on deaths of people who are homeless secures widespread national and regional coverage in summer 2019.

MoH’s campaigning work with partners Streets Kitchen demanding safe spaces for people to self isolate secures widespread coverage including the BBC: “Coronavirus: ‘Safe spaces’ needed for homeless to self-isolate”.  Subsequently this was adopted as national strategy and around 30,000 people were offered safe space during the pandemic.

 

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