MINI MOOP: CHRISTMAS

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Be part of the Museum of Ordinary People’s next exhibition…

The award-winning Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP) returns to Brighton in December for a special exhibition – and we are calling out to members of the public to help us create it.

From December 5th-29th, MOOP will host a pop-up exhibition at Brighton’s Jubilee Library called MINI MOOP: CHRISTMAS and will be an exploration of people’s Christmas memories, told through everyday objects.

We are seeking to borrow items from the public that we can include in the exhibition.

Are you able to contribute any of the following?

- A Christmas decoration with a story behind it?
- An object that represents a story about Christmas with your family / What Christmas means to you
- An object or photo that represent Brighton’s festive traditions from the past?

Some examples:

“This angel was made by my great grandfather when he was a child and has been passed down through my family. I never met my great grandfather, he died before I was born, and this angel always given me the heebie jeebies. It’s like a ghostly presence on our happy Christmas tree.”

“Christmas reminds me of huge meals, eating more than I need, and sleeping it off afterwards. This gravy boat only ever comes out at Christmas. It makes me think of the sour smell of brussel sprouts, and of soggy yorkshire puddings covered in thick gravy – the way my dad makes it – and snoozing on the sofa during the Queen’s speech.”

“This photo is of the switching on ceremony for the Brighton Christmas lights on Western Road in 1959. I proposed to my wife by the Clock Tower, I got down on one knee on the icy pavement. She clasped her red-gloved hand to her mouth in surprise. The lights have changed so much since then, but they still remind me of the nervous excitement I felt that night.”

Objects do not have to tell a happy story, the festive time is not easy for everyone, and we are also interested in objects from contributors who do not celebrate Christmas.

How to take part

Take your object and drop it off at one of the MOOP collection boxes in the following Brighton libraries from the 5th November:

Jubilee Library

Coldean Library

Hangleton Library

Hove Library

Moulsecoomb Library

Patcham Library

Portslade Library

Rottingdean Library

Saltdean Library

Whitehawk Library

Woodingdean Library


Please make sure that your object is:

·  Safely wrapped to avoid damage (as if you are sending it by post) and sealed in an envelope.

·  Accompanied by a handwritten story on one side of paper, describing the Christmas story that goes with it, and how the object makes you feel / what memories it triggers. Be as descriptive and emotionally honest as possible.

·  Accompanied by your name and phone number/email address in case we need to contact you.

·  If your object is flat and easy to return in the post, please include a stamped self-addressed envelope and we will post the item back to you after the exhibition has finished (from December 19th).

·  If the object is too delicate or bulky to return by post, please include an envelope with just your name on it and the name of the library you are dropping off at, and your object will be returned in the box to that library after the exhibition for you to collect (safely stored).

·  If you are happy for MOOP to keep your object and add it to our archive, then there’s no need to include an envelope (Instead enclose a signed note saying that you are happy for the museum to keep the object).

With Christmas decorations:

·  There will be labels inside each of the drop off boxes for you to write on. For the exhibition these will be attached to your decoration and hung on a Christmas tree in Jubilee Library.

·  Please hand write your story on the label and place this label in the envelope with the decoration.


While MOOP and the library will take the utmost care of your objects, we cannot be responsible for any damage caused to it. Please do not include objects of significant financial value.


If you have any other questions, please contact us at museumofordinarypeople@gmail.com or phone us on 07843 560 139.