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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  • CANCELLED: Dame Stephanie Shirley in conversation with Afua Hirsch

    October 15, 2015

    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

  • Germans in Britain at LSE

    September 28, 2015

    Explore the rich and fascinating history of German migrants to Britain in this pop-up exhibition. Read more

  • RE·THINK Migration at the National Maritime Museum

    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

  • 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.
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  • Arrivals – humanising immigration

    On Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October, at the University of Sheffield’s ‘Migrants in the City’ conference at Cutler’s Hall, there’s a sneak preview of a project by Jeremy Abrahams that is going to be shown in full in 2016. In this guest blog, Jeremy explains the background to his project and what he was hoping… Read more

  • A forgotten First World War anniversary

    War has always been one of the major causes of migration, with refugees fleeing countries torn apart by conflict. Most of these refugees hope to return to their country once peace is restored, although obviously (as, for example, our blog on the Polish Government in exile showed) this may turn out to be impossible. In… Read more

  • Humpty Dumpty words on migration

    When Alice meets Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland, illustrated here by John Tenniel, they have a famous exchange of views about the meaning of words. ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’… Read more

  • Sir Edgar Speyer: ‘A minor tragedy of the war’

    For every exhibition that is put on, there is always another: the exhibition that could have been put on had there been world enough and time. When you’re trying to condense more than six hundred years of German–British history into 17 panels of information, there are bound to be omissions that haunt you. For Cathy… Read more

  • Regrets? He’s had a few …

    A profile of Charlie Phillips, photographer and contributor to 100 Images of Migration Charlie Phillips had never planned to be a photographer. When, in the standard career interview towards the end of his time at school, the youth employment officer asked him what he wanted to be, Charlie answered ‘A naval architect’. Even now, his… Read more

  • Migration is about people, not numbers

    This guest blog by Mihir Bose, a distinguished friend of the Migration Museum Project, was written shortly after his visit to Adopting Britain, the exhibition at the Southbank Centre to which the Migration Museum Project has been a proud contributor. Read more

  • Boughton House, the Huguenot Summer … and a contemporary resentment

    MMP Projects Manager Andrew explores the fascinating history and Huguenot heritage of Boughton House near Kettering in Northamptonshire, whose current Huguenots Exhibition includes a contribution from MMP. Read more

  • A gift from France

    The contribution of the Huguenots to the economy and culture of this country has been immense, and it is being celebrated this year in the Huguenot Summer. In this blog, MMP Projects Manager Andrew explores aspects of Huguenot history. 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

  • Adopting Britain ends at Southbank Centre

    We are very proud to have been a part of the Adopting Britain exhibition, curated by Southbank Centre in partnership with Counterpoints Arts, during its run at Royal Festival Hall from April to September 2015. Read more

  • Remembering Lord Moser

    Director Sophie Henderson remembers Lord Moser, following the sad news of his passing on 4 September. We shall treasure our memories of Lord Moser, and his contributions to the Migration Museum Project, forever. Read more

  • The Irish Post visits Adopting Britain

    James Mulhall, reporter for the Irish Post, was shown around the Adopting Britain exhibition at the Southbank Centre recently by Andrew Steeds, MMP project manager. His review of the exhibition (Tuesday 25 August) has a clear focus on the section of the exhibition looking at Irish immigration into England, for which the Archive of the Irish in Britain was… Read more

  • MMP on Radio Leicester

    This week Radio Leicester has been showcasing more of its ‘100 Stories of Migration in Leicester’, a collection of audio accounts of the lives of people who have moved to Leicester from other parts of the world or country. This series, which was set up by Dimple Patel (the community outreach manager at BBC Radio… Read more

  • MMP in the Guardian

    Barbara and Sophie, both dressed in black, stand between a table with a map of the world and a wall of coloured (blue, yellow, red and pink) discs on which exhibition visitors have written their own or their family's migration or non-migration stories.

    Is it time Britain had a museum of immigration? Susanna Rustin considers our vision for Guardian Culture/G2. 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