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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  • Keepsakes at Idea Store Whitechapel

    March 31, 2016

    We worked with the ESOL and Prime Time groups at the Idea Store, Whitechapel to create this exhibition of Keepsakes that keep memories of migration and identity alive. 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 whistle-stop tour of migration in museums and galleries across the world

    We have long admired the work and the writing of Eithne Nightingale, whose blog Chirps from around the World is a wonderful record of her travels and her reflections on migration. Here, Eithne takes time off from her research into child migration (as part of a collaborative doctoral award between Queen Mary University of London… Read more

  • Connecting past and present

    Last autumn, at a time when we were working with the National Maritime Museum on a residency exploring the theme of migration, the Museums Journal contacted us for our thoughts on the migration crisis for a piece that eventually appeared in its October edition. Most museums plan their activity years in advance, so it can… Read more

  • We all belong – portraits from Northern Ireland

    Last year we were fortunate to contribute to a major exhibition, Adopting Britain, at the Southbank Centre, exploring 70 years of migration to the UK. Among the wonderfully varied projects featured in the exhibition, a set of photographs from Northern Ireland caught our eye. Beautifully composed against a simple dark backdrop, highlighting the diversity of people… Read more

  • 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

  • Crowdfunding campaign for our June exhibition

    We have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 to deliver a groundbreaking exhibition in June focusing on the complexity and human stories behind the current refugee ‘crisis’ Read more

  • Moving Stories – exhibition design competition with OCR

    We are excited to announce our partnership with the OCR exam board on an exhibition design competition. Read more

  • Celebrating Keepsakes at Southwark Council

    On 22 March 2016, we held a celebration to mark our Keepsakes exhibition at Southwark Council with participating community groups and the Mayor of Southwark 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

  • 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

  • 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