We are all about the hidden narratives – the sections of society that have previously been ignored by museums.
We work with local people to creatively explore collections of objects that belong to ordinary people – diaries, documents, love letters photographs and more.
These then form the exhibitions of MOOP, which reveal the power of objects to tell ordinary people's stories. We are all about the hidden narratives – the sections of society that have previously been ignored by museums.
Our first pop-up museum took place at The Spire during the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2018, where we won the Brighton Fringe Visual Arts Award in Association with HOUSE and AOH.
Next up we have MINI MOOP: CHRISTMAS taking place at Jubilee Library from the 5th - 29th December, with free admission during normal library opening hours.
Get involved… The Museum of Ordinary People are looking for stories that represent Brighton Christmas Traditions.... Do you take part in The Burning of the Clocks? Do you go ice skating every year? Do you swim on Christmas day? Are there other traditions - personally / with your friends or city wide that mean something to you? We want to hear from you...
Exploring deeper themes that arise from the museum…
Recurring themes keep arising during the creation of MOOP’s work and talks are a valuable way of exploring these elements at a deeper level, inviting in experts and interested parties to take part in short presentations, panel discussions and activities that allow all present to contribute their thoughts and visions.
To date our talks have included MOOP Talk: Action at The Spire, which discussed the power of community action groups along with Park Life: Save Our Parks, Brighton Table Tennis Club, Brighton Migrant Solidarity and #LWithTheT. Also MOOP Talk: Museums at St Augustine’s Chapel, which discussed the future of museums along with Edith Ojo and Tshepo Skwambane from Fashioning Africa, Richard Martin from Tatemodern and EJ Scott from The Museum of Transology.
Responding to found and everyday objects
MOOP creates bespoke workshops that support the participants to find creative ways of responding to everyday objects, as well as teaching the theory behind archiving and museums. Participants are then introduced to different creative skills for animating their objects or collections. These workshops are for members of the public or can be used as launch pads for discussion at an event.
Previous events have included the Chamber of Commerce - Brighton ‘Look Up’ Summit, where MOOP created a bespoke interactive event during which participants expressed questions or requests for their businesses through found objects and attached their business cards. These objects were made into an interactive museum exhibition that people could peruse and then respond to with answers, their own queries, or attach business cards in response to people whom they felt they could help. This created a totally new and unique way of networking.