Channel 4 has commissioned Uplands TV to make a revolutionary new history format for More4.
Presented by Sir Tony Robinson, Museum of Us is detective story meets design challenge as ordinary people from one street in towns and cities across the UK have a week to investigate and curate a museum about the history of their ‘ordinary’ residential road.
But forget the image of museums as lofty and remote, Museum of Us brings communities together to celebrate their stories in new and immersive ways, bringing history right to their doorsteps.
Each week, Tony Robinson leads a team made up of a historian, a designer and a curator to a different street in the UK where the residents are challenged to create their very own pop-up museum.
Guided by Tony and the team, the local residents uncover, piece by piece, the story of their street. As they begin with their own personal connections, they then gather evidence that tells the story of their street through time and learn how it fits into Britain’s national history.
Tony Robinson said: “Museum of Us will be celebrating the lives, the histories and the ingenuity of ordinary people, and bringing communities together to make something wonderful. I'm thrilled to be involved.”
David Olusoga, Executive Producer for Uplands TV, said: “Tens of thousands of streets across the UK have fascinating histories hidden behind their front doors. We are delighted to be working with local residents and local museums to bring their untold stories to More4.”
Kate Thomas, commissioning editor for More4, said: “Museum of Us is a fascinating and beautiful series. With the inimitable Tony Robinson at the helm and a brilliant team of experts, I know the individual museums built will capture the imaginations of us all and make us wonder about the history to be found on our own doorsteps.”
The locations featured across the four-part series are in Birmingham, Aberystwyth, Norwich and Bristol. Museum of Us is a 4x60’ series made at Uplands’ Bristol base for More4.