The Museum of Ordinary People: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
The Museum of Ordinary People celebrates the ripples that ordinary people leave behind, finding the magic in the mundane.
Come and hear the story behind the ethos and development of this activist museum, and take part in discussions about the nature of collection interpretation, museums’ roles in the culture(s) we’re a part of, and the extraordinary stories we have the power to tell.
The lives of everyone, the ‘ripples that they leave behind’, are extraordinary. Museums are perhaps uniquely placed to tell extraordinary stories through ‘ordinary’ objects. The many and various objects in museum stores across the country, many of which may be considered ‘ordinary’, may be utilised to tell extraordinary, real and emotionally engaging stories, which reflect diverse and various audiences, having potential to reach all users of museums and the communities in which they are centered.
Aims of the session:
Attendees will leave being inspired to (re)consider
-The stories they tell with their collections;
-How their collections are interpreted;
-The significance of real human lives and stories;
- How to make a wider range of collections vivid and engaging;
- Employing an activist approach to museum collections;
- the opportunity to work more closely with the Museum of Ordinary People.