Raw Truths events announced

Posted on: 27 April 2017

Written by: Charlie Marshall

Cardboard Citizens and the Museum of Homelessness are teaming up to invite visitors to explore some Raw Truths about housing and homelessness as part of the Home Truths Festival of Heritage Events.. Inspired by the themes in the Home Truths plays, this series of intimate conversations will open up some of the big questions about how our society responds to homelessness.

Throughout May and June, everyday objects and unexpected stories will be a springboard for discussion and debate about what we haven’t learned from the past and what we could do differently in the future. We will share stories of resistance, cruelty and compassion drawn from the museum’s current State of the Nation research, and also invite visitors to contribute their own.

With the exception of the Creative Symposium, all events are free!

THE FULL RAW TRUTHS LINE-UP

Beyond Bricks and Mortar

Date TBC, Part of the Cardboard Citizens Symposium

Read all about it! We are at a new frontier in the battle to solve homelessness. In March 2017 the Government passed the Homeless Reduction Bill. At the same time Housing First is being rolled out; a way of combating homelessness that puts bricks and mortar up front and centre in terms of priorities.

Sounds great right? But as policy-makers try and find new ideas for established problems, what raw truths are we actually missing and why does homelessness keep on rising?

This session is inspired by themes of responses to homelessness explored in the plays and brings together archival evidence, real life testimony and a healthy dose of realism, to demonstrate why approaches to ‘solving’ homelessness is much more complex than it seems and that there are no easy answers.

When Homes Became Investments

11 May, 5.30pm-6.30pm at The Bunker BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE

Housing is our national obsession.

In just over 100 years ‘we’ have gone from being a nation of renters to a nation of proud homeowners. If Michael from Home Truths’ The House With The Yellow Front Door is one of the lucky ones, what about the rest of us?

Over half of England’s net worth is now bound up in housing equity. In 21st century London, it seems like almost every other building is fair game for luxury flat developments, including former social housing estates and precious cultural spaces like the Joiner’s Arms and Madame Jo-Jo’s.

This session explores the impact of this on everyday lives. Featuring a contribution from Dan Glass – an award winning writer, cabaret performer, human rights campaigner and LGBTQI+ activist – we will explore raw truths about right to buy, social cleansing and the steady erosion of places we call home.

The session will take place before a performance of Home Truths. If you would like to show afterwards, please book a ticket here. Tickets are £15 (£12 conc).                                                                     

Resist!

13 May 3pm-4pm at Cardboard Citizens HQ BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE

Housing resistance has manifested in many ways over the years. From Ken Loach and Cathy Come Home to Heathcote Williams (The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency), there have always been people fighting for housing as a human right and taking things into their own hands.

Taking the State of Frestonia as an inspiration, this session will explore some of what came before and after in the squatting scene and alternative communities. We’ll be joined by Fisch, a member of the kick ass, post punk Rebel Dykes who squatted in London in the 1980s. We’ll explore archive materials and present day testimony which shine a light on resistance through the decades.

As part of the discussion, we warmly invite contributions from people who have been there themselves.

The Restless Shadow

10 June, 6pm-11.30pm

On 10 June the Museum of Homelessness will contribute some Raw Truths to a special event in collaboration with the Charles Dickens Museum.

We will examine the realities of homelessness today and how notions of deserving and undeserving poor continue to play out in relation to how the city treat’s its people.

This event forms part of the programme for the Restless Shadow, an exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum exploring a largely unknown and underrated body of Dickens’ work that speaks plainly to issues of social justice including poverty and homelessness.

The full programme for the event can be found here.

Resist!

1 July, 3pm - 4pm at Cardboard Citizens, 77A Greenfield Road, London E1 1EJ BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE
Housing resistance has always been there. From Ken Loach and Cathy Come Home to Heathcote Williams, there have always been people fighting for housing as a human right and taking things into their own hands.

Taking the State of Frestonia as an inspiration, this sessuion will explore some of what came before and after in the squatting scene and alternative communities. We’ll explore archive materials and present day testimony which shine a light on resistance through the decades.

As part of the discussion we warmly invite contributions from people who have been there themselves. Please bring an object or a story if you like.

More information on the Festival can be found here.

Museum of Homelessness logo

Gallery

With thanks to

Arts Council England Lottery funded