This timeline has been created to tell the story of Groundswell. We’re very proud of our history and the many people who have been involved in Groundswell over the years. The timeline includes key ‘objects’ and films which tell our story and links to various strands of work. Groundswell has always been about creating and sharing resources for change so many of the objects are toolkits, guides and reports that remain as relevant today as they were when they were first made.
The timeline was first created with the support of Museum of Homelessness (MOH) who worked with a team of volunteers to chose 20 objects that tell our story as part of an exhibition to celebrate Groundswell’s 20th Birthday – we are now adding to this. It was MOH’s first project and we are proud to continue to work with MOH today as they develop their work to make the invisible visible. You can watch a short video from the event below:
With thanks to the Museum of Homelessness for collecting and collating the archive making up Groundswell’s history.
Groundswell started as a project within the National Homelessness Alliance and it has evolved into where it is now supporting people experiencing homelessness to address their healthcare needs. Our story can be understood to have 4 ‘eras’ with our early days focusing on direct action and campaigning, moving to delivering Service User Involvement and Peer Research, becoming a support service provider ourselves and now growing our health focused research and services across the UK. You can click on the tags Era 1, Era 2, Era 3 and Era 4 to find out more about these periods and see the objects from that era.
While the project started with 20 key objects we will continue to populate the timeline with important objects, developments and achievements in our history. We realise that this is only a snapshot of the many people, projects and protests that Groundswell has been part of over the years. If you have anything to add, then please get in touch!