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CALL-OUT: Be part of our new nationwide project - MOOP:JOURNALS

We want people across the UK to add to our museum collection – in the form of a travelling journal – then post it onwards. Here’s why we’re doing it – and how you can take part!

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Our museum is going on the move! In fact, MOOP could be arriving soon through your very own letterbox…

From September 2019, we’ll be sending blank, ring-bound notebooks around the UK for our next project, MOOP: JOURNALS And we’re inviting the British public to take part by contributing to the journals, describing an object that represents their everyday experience – you can request for one of the travelling journals to be posted to you!

How will MOOP: JOURNALS work?

“We’re posting several blank MOOP journals around the UK, so that people can add an entry, wrap the book back up and post it on to the next person,” says Lucy Malone, co-director of MOOP. “We want each person to describe an everyday object of significance to them, and the story behind it. They should include a written description or story and they can then be creative and add a photo, draw the object, or use another medium to convey its appearance.

“Each book will become a travelling mini-museum that expresses the power of objects to convey layers of meaning, and to emotionally resonate through their relatability. People can be totally anonymous if they want. All we ask is that they post it on to the next person, so it can continue its journey.” If participants can’t afford to pay to post the journal onwards, the museum can reimburse them.


Why are we doing this?

We want to challenge the idea that museums should be passive spaces that simply display traditionally treasured objects, or only tell the life stories of the rich and famous. Malone says: “Museums today are, to some extent, working towards improving their accessibility. But we want to challenge the very definition of a museum and its methods of recording, so that more people start to see themselves represented in collections. And we thought: ‘how can we bring a museum collection directly to people? And what constitutes a collection in the first place?’

She adds: “At MOOP, we are interested in the stories behind everyday objects, the narrative of normal people’s lives that wouldn’t normally make it into a traditional museum. While we acknowledge that there’s a necessity for large institutions to showcase relics that need specific care, we’re part of a new wave of museums that believe their role is to question what deserves to be collected, to be representative, and change the perspectives of those who visit. We believe everybody’s story deserves to be told.”

How can you take part?

• Email us on museumofordinarypeople@gmail.com, and we’ll get in touch with the next steps.

We want as many people as possible around the UK to take part in our museum on the move. What object would represent you in a museum about your life?