The Migration Museum Project plans to create the UK’s first dedicated Migration Museum and to tell the story of movement into and out of the UK in a fresh and engaging way.

The museum will be an enquiry into who we are, where we came from and where we are going. Britons at home and abroad have a shared cultural history and an exciting future. We aim to represent the thrilling tales, the emotion and the history that have gone into shaping our national fabric; we aim to be the museum of all our stories.

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Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC

Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC founded Bindmans LLP in 1974, since when it has become one of the country’s best and most well-respected firms of solicitors, particularly in the field of human rights. Throughout his long and distinguished legal career, Geoffrey has specialised in civil liberty and human rights issues. From 1966 to 1976 he was… Read more

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  • The ethics of people smuggling

    June 21, 2016

    This panel discussion will reflect on the history of people smuggling and debate its ethics; it will also look at the complex role that smugglers play in the migration process. Read more

  • What is Britishness?

    June 14, 2016

    Three writers who have produced, or are currently working on, books on the subject join up for a panel discussion on this topical issue. Read more

  • Making Human Rights across Borders

    June 11, 2016

    Learning Lab will explore the politics and consequences of curating, representing and working at Calais refugee camp and other border crossings with communities of displacement.
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  • Poetry of Migration

    June 6, 2016

    Join us for a participatory evening of performance poetry featuring a panel of renowned poets. Hosted by Michael Rosen, with other confirmed poets including Jackie Kay and Ruth Padel, the event will bring new perspectives and challenge ideas about the ongoing migration ‘crisis’ through the medium of poetry. Read more

  • Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond

    June 2, 2016

    Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond is a ground-breaking multimedia exhibition, exploring the complexity and human stories behind the current migration crisis, with a particular focus on the Calais camp. Read more

  • Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond

    Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond is a multimedia exhibition, taking place in a momentous month that sees both the EU referendum and Refugee Week. It explores the complexity and human stories behind the current migration crisis, with a particular focus on the Calais camp. Read more

  • 100 Images of Migration

    100 Images of Migration is our flagship exhibition which brings together diverse images contributed by professional and amateur photographers – images that say something about migration to or from the UK. Read more

  • Keepsakes

    Working with communities and individuals, we are exploring the nature and importance of personal keepsakes in telling migration stories. Read more

  • Germans in Britain

    Explore the rich and fascinating history of German migrants to Britain in our new pop-up exhibition.
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  • RE·THINK Migration

    We collaborated with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich to explore the theme of migration with visitors from June – November 2015.
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  • Kajal Nisha Patel – photographer in flight

    Kajal Nisha Patel’s photographs have long been favourites of ours and of visitors to our exhibitions. There’s a richness to their colour and a vibrancy in their composition that people love, whether in the slyly provocative ‘Nagar Kitan’ (which Kajal previously called ‘No, this is England’) or ‘The Patriot’ or her shot of a pair of… Read more

  • Racist politics and human rights

    A guest blog by Anthony Lester, distinguished friend of the Migration Museum Project, Liberal Democrat peer and author of a new book on the threat to our freedom.   Politicians are all too easily tempted to exploit racism in their pursuit of power. It is a dangerously divisive tactic that plays on religion, nationalism and xenophobia, as… Read more

  • Syrian drought: have its effects washed up in Calais?

    Adam Woodhall visited the migrant camp in Calais in November 2015. In the conversations that followed (particularly one with the MMP’s Sue McAlpine, who is curating Call Me By My Name: Stories from Calais and beyond, shortly to open in Shoreditch, London), he realised that his personal interest in environmental issues, especially drought caused by… Read more

  • A whistle-stop tour of migration in museums and galleries across the world

    We have long admired the work and the writing of Eithne Nightingale, whose blog Chirps from around the World is a wonderful record of her travels and her reflections on migration. Here, Eithne takes time off from her research into child migration (as part of a collaborative doctoral award between Queen Mary University of London… Read more

  • Connecting past and present

    Last autumn, at a time when we were working with the National Maritime Museum on a residency exploring the theme of migration, the Museums Journal contacted us for our thoughts on the migration crisis for a piece that eventually appeared in its October edition. Most museums plan their activity years in advance, so it can… Read more

  • We all belong – portraits from Northern Ireland

    Last year we were fortunate to contribute to a major exhibition, Adopting Britain, at the Southbank Centre, exploring 70 years of migration to the UK. Among the wonderfully varied projects featured in the exhibition, a set of photographs from Northern Ireland caught our eye. Beautifully composed against a simple dark backdrop, highlighting the diversity of people… Read more

  • Journeys – the Migration Experience

    The journey is an essential part of the migration experience, but where does it begin and where does it end? Long before a person steps on a plane or boat, a set of cultural cues, laws and regulations have already influenced that journey. And arrival in a new place is hardly the end, for gaining… Read more

  • Brits abroad

    Photographer Charlie Clift tells us about his project Brits Abroad, featuring portraits of British emigrants living in Europe. Read more

  • The last great exodus from Britain?

    Our position has always been that the Migration Museum we are working to develop will be a museum about emigration as much as about immigration, and for two main reasons. The first is that, until the 1980s, Great Britain was a net exporter of people – more people left the country than came into it – and… Read more

  • ‘Call me by my name’ exhibition in the news

    Our exhibition, Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond, has been featured in several news and online media pieces. Read more

  • Remembering Sir Harold Kroto

    It is with great sadness that we share with you news of the passing of Sir Harold Kroto, a Distinguished Friend of the Migration Museum Project, on 30 April 2016. Sir Harold Kroto was a Nobel Prize winner, and one of our first and most enthusiastic Distinguished Friends. Read more

  • MMP Education Committee chair Bushra Nasir appointed as deputy lieutenant for London

    Congratulations to our Education Committee chair, Bushra Nasir, on her appointment as deputy lieutenant for Greater London. Read more

  • Successful crowdfunding campaign for June exhibition

    We successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign for our June exhibition, Call me by my name: Stories from Calais and beyond. The exhibition will launch on 2 June 2016 at the Londonewcastle Project Space at 28 Redchurch Street. Read more

  • MMP trustee John Orna-Ornstein takes on new role at Arts Council England

    We would like to congratulate MMP trustee John Orna-Ornstein on his new role, taking over responsibility for the east of England for Arts Council England alongside his responsibilities as national director for museums. Read more

  • Moving Stories – exhibition design competition with OCR

    We are excited to announce our partnership with the OCR exam board on an exhibition design competition. Read more

  • Celebrating Keepsakes at Southwark Council

    On 22 March 2016, we held a celebration to mark our Keepsakes exhibition at Southwark Council with participating community groups and the Mayor of Southwark Read more

  • Robert Tombs on English migration history

    On 18 November 2015, Robert Tombs delivered our second Annual Lecture in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Listen to the audio podcast. Read more

  • Adopting Britain at Southbank Centre

    A selection of our 100 Images of Migration and our Keepsakes exhibition featured in this interactive exhibition presented by the Southbank Centre & Counterpoints Arts at the Royal Festival Hall, April – Sept 2015. Read more

  • All Our Stories: Migration & Fashion

    All Our Stories: Migration & Fashion brings you a range of individual stories shared with us by audience members at our Great Minds: Migration & Fashion event in December 2014. Read more

  • Lily Ebert

    Lily Ebert tells the incredible story of her small gold pendant, a photograph of which features in our 100 Images of Migration exhibition. Read more

  • Lord Moser on Migration

    Lord Moser, a Distinguished Friend of the Migration Museum Project, shares his thoughts on the value of migration. Read more

  • Joanna Lumley backs MMP

    Joanna Lumley is a Distinguished Friend of the Migration Museum Project and joined Neil MacGregor (Director of the British Museum) in opening our second touring exhibition, Germans in Britain, at the German Historical Institute in Bloomsbury on 6th October 2014, where she delivered this rousing speech. Read more

  • 100 Images of Migration Online Gallery

    First shown at Hackney Museum, our exhibition is now viewable as an online gallery. Read more