Museum of Homelessness presents Objectified, Manchester Art Gallery


Price: Free


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20 objects, 20 performances,
20 stories you won’t hear anywhere else
Objectified is an interactive exhibition that explores the hidden causes of homelessness.

Museums usually hold great treasures like paintings in golden frames, marble statues or grand old books. Our treasures might look ordinary in comparison, they include bin bags, tobacco and a comb. But each is a fragment of a life lived. The stories they tell challenge stereotypes about what it means to be homeless and reveal a history that’s too often hidden. We think they can change your mind in a literal sense, altering how the brain responds to homelessness. Join one of our performances at Manchester Art Gallery this October and find out if we’re right.

To make Objectified, Museum of Homelessness has been working with world class social neuroscientist Dr Lasana Harris to explore why some people are treated as less than human, allowing homelessness to continue to rise in 2018. This exhibition will help us all understand why it is possible for this to happen in one of the wealthiest nations in the world.


Hour long sessions including four stories take place at 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm and 3.45pm each day from Wednesday 10th October to 14th October 2018. Two accessible performances of Objectified with British Sign Language interpretation will occur at 2:15pm on both Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October.

Objectified contains raw, real-life stories presented by actors – our MoH Storytellers. The story of each object comes directly from edited interviews with the people who gave them to the museum. We will have a dedicated quiet space available to anyone who would like to use it.


To ask someone to reflect on homelessness is to ask a great deal. We are hugely grateful to the people who have given objects and we have been careful to ensure that the MoH does not exploit them. We have put this information together in response to questions we get asked about our work.

● All objects and testimonies in Objectified are anonymised.
● All donors have the power of veto – they can withdraw from the process at any time.
● We work with people who are in a place where they can reflect on the object safely.
● We use our networks to explore who might want to take part. We would never approach a rough sleeper ‘cold’ for example and ask them to contribute.
● We try and include a range of perspectives. There are stories from people experiencing the issues and people who work in the field.
● Homeless people often experience the feeling that they are the ‘problem.’ This is something we want to combat in our work. For this reason, we do not simply focus on the individual story, but we look at wider structural issues too. We aim for balanced representation.
● People with lived experience of homelessness are central to our decision making and provide an in-house ‘barometer’ to ensure that MoH makes the right ethical choices.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust

Two accessible performances of Objectified with British Sign Language interpretation will occur at 2:15pm on both Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October. Wheelchair access.


Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

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