A Book of Ours (2018-2021)

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The big book of homelessness

People who have experienced homelessness are making a medieval-style illuminated manuscript, describing their lives, in a 2-year project.

Together we are making an illuminated manuscript, at the Booth Centre and other support centres in Manchester for people with experience of homelessness. It gathers together significant events, dates, people, celebrations and memorials, all in one book, ‘A book of ours’ giving a wide cross-section of hugely individual lives. Our hope is that by doing this we reassert the identity and the individuality of people who are sometimes dismissed as “homeless” when they are so much more. Project supported by HLF.

Homeless lives don’t appear in any history books, but the Quilt of Leaves project aims to change that, with participants constructing their own accounts of homeless life throughout the year, with artwork, poems and songs to illustrate it. 

You can follow the project on our blog 

Our twitter page @arthurandmartha

Our Facebook page 

and Instagram

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With thanks to all the National Lottery players and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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