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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Joanna Lumley OBE

Born in India and having pursued a career as a model in the swinging sixties, Joanna Lumley is one of Britain’s best-loved and most accomplished actresses. Read more

Meet our distinguished friends
  • Journeys: the Migration Experience

    November 25, 2015

    ‘Journeys’ focuses on the voyages migrants make and the effect of these journeys on cultures and identities – both their own and also those of their host nations. Read more

  • Making Moves – an exhibition exploring migration

    November 23, 2015

    PwC Multicultural Business Network (MBN) invites you to immerse yourself in a multimedia exhibition, featuring our 100 Images of Migration, exploring migration and what it means to the UK, PwC and each of us as individuals. Read more

  • Germans in Britain at Homerton University Hospital

    November 19, 2015

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

  • Annual Lecture – Migration: an English History

    November 18, 2015

    Robert Tombs aims to identify what is special and characteristic about the migration history of England and Britain, and reflect on the way in which migration has affected and still affects the life of the nation. Read more

  • City of London: Migrant Haven

    November 16, 2015

    In the latest event in our Great Minds series, a panel of speakers, chaired by the eminent historian David Kynaston, will discuss the contribution of migrants to the development of our financial structures. 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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  • Colin O’Brien – humanist street chronicler

    A weird coincidence occurs shortly after Colin O’Brien and I sit down for a coffee in Hackney PictureHouse, just across the road from where his photos formed part of the Migration Museum Museum’s first exhibition of 100 Images of Migration at Hackney Museum. A young man, George Nelson, sits down at our table and, spying… Read more

  • Between dark and light – the photography of Guy Corbishley

    In the third of our features on photographers who have contributed to our 100 Images of Migration exhibition, we feature the work of Guy Corbishley, who submitted the photos of ‘Speaker’s Corner’ and ‘EDL protest’, two images that form part of what Guy calls his ‘continuing work exploring protest, politics, diverse cultures, human rights and… Read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Exploring refugee youth experiences at Southbank Centre

    On 24 October we were invited by Southbank Centre to deliver a discussion session about forced migration and its effects on young people, as part of the WHY? What’s Happening for the Young festival at Royal Festival Hall. Read more

  • Internationalism week workshops with Langley Academy

    It was great to be invited back to contribute to Langley Academy’s Internationalism themed week and build on foundations laid down with this year group in October last year. This year we got to grips with migration related keywords and their definitions as they crop up so frequently in the press at the moment. 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

  • 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

  • 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