Founded by Jolie Booth and Lucy Malone, the Museum of Ordinary People is an award-winning pop-up museum.

 

Winner if the Brighton Fringe Visual Arts Award in Association with HOUSE and AOH.

MOOP is a new kind of museum that tells the stories of ordinary people, exploring and considering the magic and mundanity of ordinary life, chronicling hidden narratives and celebrating the ripples that we leave behind. It serves as an antidote to celebrity mania and the pervasive cultural construct of presenting picture-perfect versions of our lives. It is also a direct rebellion against an already well-established canon of museums celebrating the lives of the elite. MOOP is a temporary / pop-up museum running for one week during the Brighton Fringe Festival presenting collections created by and about ordinary people, as part of a wider programme of events that includes performances, talks and workshops. 

 

MOOP Team

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Rose Dykins

Producer

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Jolie Booth

Co-Founder

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Lucy Malone

Co-Founder

 

Volunteers & Team

Barbara Duffy
MOOP 2018 Participant

Clara Usiskin
MOOP 2018 Participant

Catherine Rees
MOOP 2018 Participant

Philip Franklin
MOOP 2018 Participant

Clair Morrow
MOOP 2018 Participant

Bridget Prince
MOOP 2018 Participant

Cathy Jonson
MOOP 2018 Participant

Ellie Buckle
MOOP 2018 Participant

Summer Dean
MOOP 2018 Participant

Rosie Powell
Video Maker

Paula Fash
Photographer

Michelle Maudsley
Designer


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With special thanks to…

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And… Ramsay James, Simon Booth and all our lovely volunteers.

Our patrons:

Karen Dunnell, Nicholas Peter-Bartlett and Paul Stewart.

And our supporters:

Chris Callard, Krystle Burke, Sally Trivett, Deborah Leighton Plom, Victoria Hueber, Sharon Scaife, Chris Carr, Carmen Talbot, Catherine Swann, Amanda Rivers, Marie Danielle, Barbara Duffy, Katie Gorman, Marion, Lidwine Titli, Claus Sprotte Kofod, Bruce Knight, Jane Church, Sue Breakell, Michael Whitehouse, Dan Hope, Rose Turner, Pati Puente Jemima Queen, Alice O'Hanlon, Clare Burgess, Jackie Blake, Mike Marlor, Hayley Watson, Adele Walshe, Ruth Edwina Herbert, Emily Hecht, Holly Hardy, Jessica Cheetham, Michael and Liz, Jo Henderson, Esther Gill, Vahsti Hale, Summer Dean, Charlotte Mears, Ian Blamire, Laura Napier, Daryl Jackson, Sarah Locke, Joe Sharp, Richard Martin, Julie Hudson, Lauren Gallagher, Melody Razak, Paul Crowe, Matthew Birchall, Lynne Pike, Kate Edwards, Becca Flint, Todd Render, Felicity Carter, Sammy Goodall, Rebecca Sands, Gemma Wallace, Nicci Wonnacott, Anan Danugrah, Valerie Titli, Jess Lebon, Epha Roe, Leo Brown, Penny Swainson, Danny, Mark, Jacqui Bassett, Akasha S. Hodge, Clara Gutteridge, Theresa Pierce, Andy Pierce, Zoe Adler, Dave Robinson, Megan Kieran, Taji Nuvtej, Beth Hale, Jackie Holmes, Nicci Wonnacott, Emma Owen, Holly Hassan, Jenny, Kate Hill, Catherine Rees and Gemma Ashdown.

The Story of MOOP

In 2016 theatre practitioner and company director Jolie Booth developed her first and critically acclaimed one-woman-show HIPProduced under her company name Kriya Arts - a cutting edge arts and production company, HIP explored the life of an ordinary woman named Anne Clarke, whom Jolie had discovered through found objects left behind in a flat she squatted in 2002. The flat had been left empty for over a decade and had become a magical time capsule back to the 1980's and 1970's.

A year later, based on further discoveries made about Anne's life and the  city of Brighton they had both inhabited at different times in history, Jolie created an interactive walking tour called the Hip Trip of Brighton: A Psychedelic Wander, which explored Anne's Brighton by sharing with participants the places where the beatniks, hippies and punks had hung out and a little about what they'd got up to. 

Lucy Malone came on one of these walking-tours and afterwards in the pub Jolie shared with her an idea she'd been mulling over for some time of creating a Museum of Ordinary People. A permanent space where people who had found or inherited an archive of documents or objects could explore and share that person's story.

This idea resonated with Lucy because she was also creating work along a similar theme. When Lucy's mother passed away suddenly in 2011 Lucy inherited all of her belongings. For five years these remained in boxes, until as her final project / dissertation on her BA in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College; Lucy opened the boxes and discovered what was in the notebooks, envelopes and lists, in order to assemble an archive of her mother's artistic practice, creating a research project and art piece which combined practice-based research methodologies to look at memory, loss, grief and materiality.

When speaking to each other in the pub after the walking tour, back in May 2017, Jolie and Lucy realised there were many parallels between their work and both became excited at the prospect of working together. They began to meet regularly and dream, over many hot chocolates, how to get this exciting project off the ground... Thus, this pop-up version of MOOP was born... With much bigger dreams to follow.

What's happened so far?

Through a public call-out we found nine participants with collections of letters, diaries, documents, found objects and random artefacts that tell a story they wanted to explore further. We then invited them to take part in a series of free workshops. These workshops tutored the participants in creative methods to explore, present and exhibit their collections. It is these collections that we presented at MOOP as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival in May and won the Brighton Fringe Visual Arts Award in Association with HOUSE and AOH. They served to chronicle migrations, loss, health issues, great loves, addictions, family ties, uncompromising silences, political injustices and everything in between... Since then we have run a series of talks, delving deeper into themes that arose during the creation of MOOP. The first set of talks were on Museums and one on Action. More talks are planned for 2019. We then ran a MOOP event called "Find the magic in the mundane" for the Brighton Summit 2018, where participants were asked to pick an object that emotionally resonated with them and their business, then to leave a business card, and see which delegates responded. Last, but not least, there is a new planned MINI MOOP: CHRISTMAS that will take place at the Jubilee Library from 5th to 29th Dec, open for free to the public during library opening hours. This collection has been created through a public call-out and explores the festive period through objects and stories from local people.

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