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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Meet our distinguished friends
  • Dame Stephanie Shirley in conversation with Afua Hirsch

    March 17, 2016

    For the next event in our Great Minds series, we invite you to hear from successful Kindertransport refugee, IT entrepreneur, ardent philanthropist and workplace revolutionary, Dame Stephanie Shirley. Read more

  • 100 Images at Europe House

    March 2, 2016

    Our 100 Images of Migration is an excitingly varied collection of photographs, supplied by professionals and amateurs alike, each of which provides a snapshot on the lived experience of migration. Read more

  • Education workshop at Refugee Week Conference

    February 15, 2016

    Our Education Manager Emily Miller will be exploring ideas and resources for running schools activities on migration, asylum and welcome as part of the Refugee Week Conference. Read more

  • Keepsakes exhibit at Southwark Council

    February 12, 2016

    Join us for an exhibition of the personal items of women from Southwark and across London that keep memories of migration and identity alive. Read more

  • 100 Images of Migration at London City Hall

    February 5, 2016

    We are excited to bring a selection of our 100 Images of Migration and some new, never before exhibited photos to iconic City Hall 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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  • 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

  • Doors onto lives

    The portraits of Dharmendra Patel It’s only about 10 metres’ walk from the door of the Heritage Gallery in the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich to the lecture room at its far end but, in the spring of this year, for the time it took you to cross the floor you would have been… Read more

  • The first mass migration from outside Europe

    Mihir Bose, one of our distinguished friends, argues in this guest blog that Europe will need to think outside the box if it is to cope with the most unique migrant crisis in its history – and he looks back to 1971 and the painful birth of Bangladesh for a telling point of comparison.  The migrant… Read more

  • City of London: Migrant Haven

    What contribution have migrants made to the City of London, the financial powerhouse of the United Kingdom? And what role do they continue to play in shaping London’s financial institutions? These questions were the focus of our latest Great Minds event, City of London: Migrant Haven, hosted by Schroders on 16 November 2015. The event chaired… Read more

  • MMP Trustee Charles Gurassa appointed as Channel 4 chairman

    A big congratulations to our trustee Charles Gurassa on his appointment as Channel 4 chairman Read more

  • Theatre-in-education programme launched

    We are delivering an exciting theatre-in-education project in partnership with Tamasha Theatre Company exploring migration experiences and themes through drama. Read more

  • Education programmes at National Maritime Museum

    Pupils from Ashmead Primary School and Newington Green Primary in Hackney joined us to explore their own migration stories and current migration developments in the RE•THINK gallery. Read more

  • Talk and exhibition at Museums Association conference

    Migration Museum Project Director Sophie Henderson gave a talk at the Museums Association Conference on 6 Nov, where we also displayed a pop-up exhibition featuring our 100 Images of Migration and Keepsakes. Read more

  • Keepsakes workshop with refugee youth

    We recently held a Keepsakes workshop with RefugeeYouth and Fotosynthesis as part of the Refuge in Film Festival at BFI. 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