Fieldwork Facility collaborated with New London Architecture to reimagine community consultation. Together we created the Museum of Us which was piloted in the Old Kent Road area for Southwark Council.
The Museum of Us was a campaign, exhibition, project space and programme of events designed to bring together members of the local community (residents, industry, community groups and local action groups).
The epicentre of the project was a refurbished shop on Old Kent Road which we transformed into a positive and democratic space to enable conversations and engagement on the long-term plans for the area. The space was a platform for local people to share their ideas and opinions on what is truly important in their community.
Our approach to the exhibition design was to use the identity’s ‘sticker logo’ as a nudge for participation. Display panels where designed to feel like used-up sticker sheets.
Visitors were immediately welcomed into the space and asked to say ‘we are here’ by placing stickers where they live, work and where they enjoy spending their time. From there the exhibition invited people to contribute their opinions on what matters in the area.
The Museum of Us was a collaboration with the NLA for Southwark Council.
Creative Director: Robin Howie
Designers: Robin Howie, Katy Needham
NLA Project Director: Amy Till
Campaign Photography: Suki Dhanda
Exhibition photography: Thomas Adank
Additional photography: Joe Howard & Fieldwork Facility
Exhibition fabrication: Weber Industries
Powder coating: Purpose
Exhibition print: Copytech
Special thanks to all project contributors:
Andrew Eke, Tustin Estate / Bayo Adelaya, Local resident / Bellenden Signs / Bermondsey Tonic Water / Brian Frampton , Local resident / Bright Vitalis Okwara , Local resident / Create 180 / C. Muscat, W Bunting Butchers / David Adesanya, Research assistant / David Freeman, Charter School East Dulwich / Daniel Nicholls, Local resident / Demola, GB Ice Cream Parlour / Delroy, Local resident / Diana Cochrane, Designer-Researcher / Dougal Sadler, Weber Industries / Folaile Ibiyemi, Just A Favour Food Services / Gavin Weber, Weber Industries / Hugh Balfour, Christ Church Peckham / Ibrahim Adewusi, Roberto’s Café / In the Right Light Photography / Joe Banfield, Local resident / James Glancy Design / Janene Rowe, Ledbury Estate / Jason Green, Southwark Pensioners / JayB’s Network Ltd / Jensens Gin / Jeremy Leach, Walworth Society / Jeremy Walls, Purpose Powdercoating / Jessica Cargill Thompson / John Hinds, John Hinds Framing / Johnny Batten, Makecreate / Joshua Malby, Local resident / Judy Aitken / Lisa Wilson, Old Kent Road resident / Mark Brearley, Kaymet / Martin Sandler, Leathams / Martin Schabel, Local resident / Michelle Agyei, Local resident / Millwall Football club / Nathan, Enat Guada / Nicolleta Trifiro, Local resident / Nicholas Okwulu, Pempeople / Old Kent Road Brewery / Partizan / Planarama / RCCG Mount Zion / Suhaila Amanour, Local resident / Small Beer Brew Co. / Southwark Young Advisors / Stanbury Building Services / Shelene Byer, Local resident / Susan Crisp, Friends of Burgess Park / Timi Merriman-Johnson, Local resident / Thompson & Son Ltd / Tom Cooper, Local resident / Ulrike Steven, What If / Wibbly Wobbly Website / William Austin, Southwark Studios / William Say & Co