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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Andy Thornton

Andy Thornton has been the chief executive of the Citizenship Foundation since 2010 after being director of programmes for many years. He founded ‘Giving Nation’ – a national programme to develop young people’s understand and commitment to charitable giving in 2002, as part of the Giving Campaign. Previous to that he ran Greenbelt – a… Read more

Meet our distinguished friends
  • Germans in Britain at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh

    July 6, 2015

    Germans in Britain comes to Edinburgh, where the exhibition features fascinating original documents from Scotland’s national archives, helping tell the story of German doctors, musicians, clockmakers, sailors and others who have lived and worked in Scotland since 1600. Read more

  • RE·THINK Migration at the National Maritime Museum

    Colour photograph showing woman and two young boys sitting on a bench on the deck of a P&O ship, a lifeboat in view behind them. The woman wears a long tartan skirt, navy top and patterned scarf and looks directly into the camera. The two boys are dressed in shorts, blazers and long grey socks. The boy to her right is looking up from his book and the boy to her left is peeking up too, either shyly or squinting in the sunlight.

    June 5, 2015

    We are collaborating with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, to engage visitors in the theme of Migration through the RE·THINK space, June – November 2015. Read more

  • Adopting Britain

    April 17, 2015

    We bring a selection of 100 Images of Migration and our new Keepsakes exhibition to the Southbank Centre’s Adopting Britain exhibition. April – September 2015. 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 are collaborating with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich to explore the theme of migration with visitors from June – November 2015.
    Read more

  • Boat people over history

    This blog on the subject of boat people, written by Migration Museum Project trustee Jill Rutter, is timely for a number of reasons. First, it is published in Refugee Week, when the UK’s attention is focused on the predicament of refugees. This year, Refugee Week is celebrating the contribution of refugees to the UK. (For… Read more

  • “A keepsake is a very special thing”

    A small artistic elegant metal reindeer with a curved back and head, simple legs and intricate antlers on a small off-white podium with an off-white wall behind.

    In this Guest Blog, Sue McAlpine, freelance curator with the Migration Museum Project, gives us an insight into her Keepsakes experience. When the Migration Museum Project asked me earlier this year to curate their Keepsakes exhibition – I had previously curated 100 Images of Migration at Hackney Museum in 2013, the first time that particular exhibition had… Read more

  • Access all areas

    ‘Photo man’ Tim Smith – a contributor to 100 Images of Migration – looks back on 30 years of looking in on other people’s lives… Read more

  • Current exhibition locations – from June 2015

    A snapshot of where you can currently find our temporary exhibitions and spaces – be sure to visit our Events page for full details of these and all associated events. Read more

  • RE·THINK Migration with us at the National Maritime Museum

    Colour photograph showing woman and two young boys sitting on a bench on the deck of a P&O ship, a lifeboat in view behind them. The woman wears a long tartan skirt, navy top and patterned scarf and looks directly into the camera. The two boys are dressed in shorts, blazers and long grey socks. The boy to her right is looking up from his book and the boy to her left is peeking up too, either shyly or squinting in the sunlight.

    RE·THINK Migration at the National Maritime Museum is now open! The space will grow in content over its 5 months as we engage with visitors, schools and community groups. Fri 05 June – mid-November 2015⎪10am – 5pm daily National Maritime Museum, Greenwich⎪RE·THINK, Floor One⎪Free admission RE·THINK at the National Maritime Museum offers visitors the space to… 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