Hear the stories of some of the objects in the museum’s collection in the donor’s own words, performed by our actors.
All films were made by Dorothy Allen Pickard.
MoH collects objects from anyone with a story to tell about homelessness. These stories were collected in 2017 and we will be sharing more later in 2018. Each story is told in the words of the person who gave the object and you can hear the words of the donor at the beginning and end of the video.
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Donated by a worker in Glasgow, performed by Ben Smithies.
I’m a heroin addict. I had this used on me. It brought me back from overdose, or I would have been dead. But since I’ve got into recovery and started volunteering with the Simon Community, I’ve had to administer it. I didn’t really put much thought into it. I done it all and it was just kinda instinctive, you know. And then, when I went home that night and realised; that guy’s still alive today. It makes life all worthwhile, you know?
ASBO (Anti-Social Behavior Order)
Donated by a street outreach volunteer in London, Performed by Elle Payne.
This is a very angry piece of paper, which is an ASBO for begging on the street. It was given to someone I was sitting down with and having a really nice conversation with. The police officers themselves didn’t agree with what they were doing because they didn’t believe it was an effective practice, but they had to do it as it was the law. It’s scary to think how people at the top are putting energy and tax payers money into huge operations to flyer vulnerable people into punishments, rather than actually care for people.
Healthy London Health Card
Donated by a peer researcher in London, Performed by Kerry Norridge.
This is a card that allows someone to get access to a GP without proof of address or eligibility. We’re sharing them with people who need them, overcoming barriers and stigma to accessing health services. Information is power and this is empowering a person, but I believe that the NHS is also trying to become more understanding.
Donated by an artist in London, Performed by Sherrie Cameron Akoto.
It’s like they say, where you put your hat down is your home, you change your clothes pretty much every single day, but with your hat you pretty much wear the same one every single day and it becomes part of you, and that’s what your home does as well, you know you become part of that place. I think that’s why when people lose their home it’s so difficult to sort of pick yourself back up from because it’s a massive part of who you are.