Hey folks! 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-19th, 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?
“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 gave me the heebie jeebies when i was younger, but now I treasure it.”
“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.
If you have any object and story you would like to contribute, please message me directly, or the museum at: