For those who weren’t able to make it along to MINI MOOP: CHRISTMAS - our pop-up exhibition at Brighton’s Jubilee Library – here’s a small selection of the 40 ordinary people’s stories it presented.

This exhibition captured the depth and diversity of emotions the festive period can evoke from different people - Christmas isn’t a jolly time of year for everyone, and we wanted to acknowledge that.

This MINI MOOP also showed how powerful everyday objects can be when it comes to triggering memories, and how powerfully they resonate with others to provoke empathy and understanding - tying all of this together with a Christmas theme.

A heartfelt thank you to all the ordinary people who shared their stories, memories and objects with us.

Photo credits: Jakub Golis

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A letter from my Aunt

My aunt Sheila, who I called Aunt, was incredibly important to me as a child, like a second mother.

She bought me my first record player, my first camera and my first dictionary, inspiring my future more than my parents did. We lost touch – hadn’t seen here since the death of her husband, my Uncle Harold, in the early nineties. In 2010, we broke the silence by sending her a Christmas card and, a month later, she sent this reply with its surprising story.

We planned to call her and arrange to go up to London for a visit. We hadn’t got round to it and in the summer of that year, we got the news that she had passed away.

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My first and last Christmas in my country of origin (Hungary) with my friends, her parents and mine was a magical experience. We four sat around a king fir tree with presents around it. Mine was two oranges and a packet of chewing gum. I’ve never had oranges or chewing gum before and was determined to keep them for as long as I could.

We kept the Christmas celebrations secret from our neighbours because any religious festivity was frowned upon by the Communist regime and we could not trust anyone not to report us to the authorities. This was my last Christmas with my friend and a few months later the revolution, or as the authorities preferred to call it “the uprising” broke out and people just disappeared, including our friends.

We met years later and remembered old times. Since them, however, all three of them and my parents have died and I will always remember that magical Christmas with them.

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This little piece of angle bauble is all that I have left of a decoration my mum gave me for my new home the Christmas before she passed away.

My stepson accidentally broke it a few years ago and at first I was very upset, as you can imagine, but it turned out he was much more upset than me and went out of his way to find a new version.

This made me think about family and how sad memories can be re-framed. Christmas, which for a while was full of unhappy memories and feelings of loss, can become something to look forward to again and you can create new family and new memories.

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Disco Pete

A Brighton Band Aid-style Christmas song and music video featuring elderly legends Disco Pete and Dancing Ann and a host of celebrities, was created in 2016 to raise funds for a local befriending charity. All proceeds from sales of Jingle Bell Brighton Rocks by newly-formed supergroup The Brighton Belles were donated to Time To Talk Befriending.

Jingle Bell Rock’s main star is Brighton’s oldest raver, Sussex-born Pete Turner, 80, whose unbending passion for music and dancing has earned him many fans.

The Brighton Belles want to encourage communities across Brighton to befriend their elderly neighbours this Christmas.

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The red card was the first one I ever made for someone. The card with kings on it was the first one someone made for me.

His little face as he gave me this card was so precious. We had discovered the gift of giving.

Get involved!


Look out for this in your local library across Brighton and Hove!

MINI MOOP: CHRISTMAS collection boxes are available for you to donate exhibits for our next exhibition, telling ordinary people's Christmas stories.

You'll find them in the following libraries across Brighton and Hove:
Jubilee Library
Coldean Library
Hangleton Library
Hove Library
Moulsecoomb Library
Patcham Library
Portslade Library
Rottingdean Library
Saltdean Library
Whitehawk Library
Woodingdean Library

Here's what you need to do:

1) Bring along your object/Christmas decoration (safely wrapped and sealed in an envelope).

2) Include a short, handwritten paragraph telling the story behind it. What does this object mean to you?

3)Include a stamped, addressed envelope if you would like the object returned to you once the exhibition is over (December 29th).

4)...Come along to Brighton's Jubilee Library from December 5th-29th to see the final exhibition!




MOOP is back in Brighton in December with a mini pop-up exhibition (a Mini MOOP, if you will).

From December 5th-28th, MINI MOOP: CHRISTMAS will be inside Jubilee Library, telling ordinary people's Christmas stories through everyday objects – and we want YOU to help us create it.

Do you have:
• A Christmas decoration with a story behind it?
• An everyday object that reminds you of a story about Christmas/ triggers a Christmas memory?
• A photo or object that tells a story about a Brighton Christmas tradition?

To read about how you can lend an exhibit for MINI MOOP: CHRISTMAS click HERE.

Podcast MOOP Talk: Action

Hope you're all feeling Easy Like Sunday Morning!

It's the perfect time to feed your mind with a podcast.

Have a listen to the podcasts of our last two talks – MOOP Talk: Museum and MOOP Talk: Action – created by the wonderful BN1 Productions.

These talks explored two themes that resonated with MOOP – and left us feeling inspired to continue pushing ahead with the next stage of our museum.

Here's the link:

We hope you enjoy! 

Brighton Summit


Our workshop at the #BrightonSummit with Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce (BHCC)– where local business people used everyday objects to explore their business aims, which we turned into an interactive exhibition – all in a couple of hours!

If you're here at #BrightonSummit, come interact with our exhibition at 5.15 – bring a new friend!

Pick an object that emotionally resonates with you and your business, leave your business card, and see which delegates respond!

MOOP Talk: Action

The past 24 hours have been NON-STOP ACTION - hence the fact we are only just posting this!

Back at our original home The Spire, MOOP brought out the mics, the cameras, the mocktails – and the Loud Shirt Beer – for MOOP Talk: Action, an evening that was about how small actions can have a huge, positive ripple effects.

We had passionate speakers – Tim from Brighton Table Tennis Club, Jacob from @brightonmigrantsolidarity/ #Thousand41000 and Liz and Maddocks from #LWithTheT – with a shoutout for the incredible Evie and Caitlin from Park Life: Save Our Parks

We had some action plans created before our eyes – pretty sure we now have a new blueprint for Hove promenade and a fully assembled clean-up committee for a communal area in Whitehawk 🙌

We even had a couple on their first date! ❤️ We'd love to know how it went??

A massive, teary thank you to everyone who turned up, showed their support, bought drinks, took part in the conversation, volunteered, helped clean up - each one of those actions makes a big difference to us.

Big MOOP love! Podcast by BN1 Productions coming soon!

“In my teenage ‘punk’ hey deys...


School connected me to a soldier fighting in Iraq, to write to as a pen pal. I didn’t agree with him being there and he knew nothing about my world or punk music. ‘New World Order’ meant very different things to both of us. But we continued to write, regardless, and he is still around today.”
“Dear Punk Princess” by Bridget Prince chronicled the real-life pen pal relationship between two participants with opposite world views - one of the compelling original exhibitions created by local people at the first version of @museumofordinarypeople during this year’s Brighton Fringe.
Did you make it to MOOP's first exhibition?
If you liked what you saw, and you'd like to see more, why not come along to MOOP Talk: Action on October 1st – you'd be helping us raise funds for the next stage of the museum (big plans ahead!)


Missed out on our last MOOP Talk? Fear not - we are back in Brighton on October 1st!

MOOP Talk: Action will see dynamic local people who have done extraordinary things for Brighton’s community take to the stage and share their uplifting stories. It’s an evening celebrating how big changes start from small actions - motivating us all to to take action on the ideas that have been floating around in our minds that need to be ACTIONED!