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 individual stories, 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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  • The evolving dynamics of the refugee and migration response

    December 2, 2016

    The Migration Museum Project (MMP) is jointly hosting a civil society forum at Rich Mix, London, on December 2, from 10am – 2pm, exploring the evolving impact of and response to refugee and migrant issues worldwide. Read more

  • Framing Migration: the ethics and politics of the migration crisis

    November 21, 2016

    Framing Migration is a public assembly involving a conversation with an academic panel aimed at encouraging dialogue on the ethics and politics of migration and the refugee ‘crisis’. Read more

  • Imprints: London Migration Walk

    October 16, 2016

    Join us on 16 October 2016 for the Migration Museum Project’s inaugural fundraising walk through London. 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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  • A Nepali in Victorian England

    Gurkhas occupy an interesting place in British folklore. Universally recognised as ferociously loyal, heroic and determined fighters in the British army, they were only recently given right to settle in this country, and then only after a high-profile media campaign. In this guest blog, Krishna P Adhikari recounts what is known of one of the first Nepali visitors… Read more

  • The Wiener Library’s timely exhibition

    ‘The sympathy and freedom and liberty of England’ With wonderful timing, the Wiener Library opened its new exhibition, ‘A Bitter Road’, on the reception of Jewish refugees in the 1930s and 1940s, on Thursday 27 October, the day that the Calais ‘Jungle’ was dismantled and its residents dispersed. The coincidence didn’t escape the speakers at… Read more

  • Imprints: our first London Migration Walk

    We went on a walk last Sunday, along with about 130 others. It started in the cold, grey and wet, at a time when many of us would still be, if not in bed, certainly doing nothing much more energetic than turning the pages of a Sunday paper and slurping coffee. It ended in glorious… Read more

  • The poetry of migration

    One of the first events we held in the course of our three-week residency at Londonewcastle this summer (where more than 4,000 people visited our exhibition Call Me By My Name: Stories from Calais and Beyond) was the ‘Poetry of Migration’ on Tuesday 6 June. Michael Rosen (distinguished poet, writer, entertainer – and distinguished friend… Read more

  • Exploring the migrant history of Victorian East London

    What was the attitude of the Victorians to immigration, particularly Jewish immigration? What was the mood of the country leading up to the passing of the Aliens Act in 1905? And what parallels are there between the experience of immigrants then and now, one hundred years later? The focus of this guest blog is Israel Zangwill and… Read more

  • Remembering Sir Ralph Kohn

    We were deeply saddened to receive news of the passing of Sir Ralph Kohn, on 14 November 2016. Sir Ralph Kohn was well known as an innovator in the pharmaceutical industry, an accomplished baritone, and a generous philanthropist. He set up the Kohn Foundation supporting medical, scientific, artistic, and humanitarian causes and organisations, and we… Read more

  • Imprints: London Migration Walk

    On Sunday 16th October 2016, over 120 intrepid walkers joined the Migration Museum Project for our inaugural Migration Walk –  an epic trek across London, from Cutty Sark in the east to Hyde Park in the west. The walk took approximately 9 hours, and covered 15 miles, and through the unpredictable weather, our expert guides illuminated hidden stories of migrants… Read more

  • Moving Stories – exhibition competition with OCR

    We are excited to be pursuing our partnership with the OCR exam board on a new exhibition competition. Read more

  • MMP Director Sophie Henderson at TEDxClapham

    MMP Director Sophie Henderson recently gave a talk at TEDxClapham on the important role that migration has always played in the national story. Read more

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

    Our exhibition, Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond, was 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

  • 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

  • 100 Images of Migration Online Gallery

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