Museums and homelessness


After years of declining trends, 2010 marked the turning point when all forms of homelessness began to rise according to the charity Crisis. And the delayed effects of the economic downturn, along with housing and other benefit cuts, means that homelessness is expected to increase further.

Museums and other cultural organisations are increasingly recognising the role they can play in helping people recover from homelessness.

This issue of Museum Practice explores some specific aspects of this work – including creative outreach workshops and art classes; sustainable volunteering programmes; and oral history projects. 


Breaking the homelessness bubble


Can museums help people recover from homelessness?

15.10.2012

Barriers to access


How can museums work better with people experiencing homelessness?

15.10.2012


Exploring issues around homelessness


Ciara Canning shares some of the challenges Colchester and Ipswich Museums faced in its work with homeless people

15.10.2012

Funding homelessness projects


Art classes at the Holburne Museum in Bath are funded externally through short-term grants and donations

15.10.2012


Beyond depiction: engaging with homeless adults in the US


Rose Paquet Kinsley introduces her research into how museums in the US could engage with people experiencing homelessness

15.10.2012

Developing sustainable volunteer programmes


LTM developed a volunteering programme with homeless charity St Mungo's

15.10.2012

Inclusive volunteering


Diverse volunteering teams bring challenges as well as benefits

15.10.2012


Telling stories about homelessness


Three case studies demonstrate the benefits and challenges of conducting oral history projects with people who are homeless

15.10.2012

Creative outreach with young adults


The British Library worked with adults in supported accommodation to create and curate a photography and creative writing exhibition

15.10.2012


Your Case Studies: homelessness and housing


More case studies from museums working with people experiencing homelessness and other housing issues