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New Series “Museum of Us” hosted by Tony Robinson on Channel 4

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Uplands TV has been commissioned by Channel 4 to create a ground-breaking new history format for More4.

Museum of Us is a detective tale meets design challenge in which regular people from one street in towns and cities throughout the UK have a week to explore and curate a museum about the history of their ‘ordinary’ residential road. It is hosted by Sir Tony Robinson.

But forget about museums being stuffy and distant; Museum of Us brings people together to celebrate their own experiences in fresh and immersive ways, bringing history to their doorsteps.

Every week, Tony Robinson leads a team of historians, designers, and curators to a new neighbourhood in the United Kingdom, where locals are challenged to establish their own pop-up museum. Local residents are guided by Tony and the team as they piece together the story of their street. They begin with their own personal ties, then collect material that illustrates the story of their neighbourhood over time and how it fits into British history.

Birmingham, Aberystwyth, Norwich, and Bristol are the locations included in the four-part series.

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.”

Museum of Us is a 4 x 60 min episode series produced for More4 at Uplands’ Bristol base. Kate Thomas, Daytime and Features commissioning editor, and Jasper Hone, Daytime and Features assistant editor, commissioned it. David Olusoga, Mike Smith, and Mary Crisp serve as executive producers for Uplands. Birmingham Museums Trust, Museum of Norwich, M Shed, and Ceredigion Museum are all participating in the shows, which are financed by Art Fund and The Space on behalf of Arts Council England.