The Migration Museum at The Workshop – telling stories of movement to and from Britain in fresh and engaging ways.

We stage an adventurous programme of exhibitions, events and education workshops at our museum, housed in The Workshop, an arts and community space just off Albert Embankment in London.

The Migration Museum at The Workshop is located at 26 Lambeth High Street, London, SE1 7AG. We are open Wednesday–Sunday, from 11am to 5pm, with late opening until 9pm on the last Thursday of each month.

What’s on and how to find us>

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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
  • Migration Museum Film Club presents: Babylon

    December 7, 2017

    Join the Migration Museum Film Club for a screening of Bablyon, a powerful film, made in 1980 with a largely black cast and shot on location in the streets of south-east London. Read more

  • Migration Museum Late + London Migration Film Festival launch

    November 30, 2017

    Join us on Thursday 30 November for our monthly late opening and the launch of the London Migration Film Festival, organised by Migration Collective in partnership with The UN Migration Agency, IOM UK. Read more

  • Migration Museum Film Club presents: Dirty Pretty Things

    Dirty Pretty Things, the first screening by our new Migration Museum Film Club on Wed 29 November at 7pm

    November 29, 2017

    Join us for a screening of Dirty Pretty Things (2002), the first in our new Migration Museum Film Club series. Read more

  • No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain

    September 20, 2017

    A new exhibition from the Migration Museum exploring seven migration moments throughout history that changed Britain through art, photography, graphics, quotes and stories. Read more

  • No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain

    A new exhibition from the Migration Museum exploring seven migration moments throughout history that changed Britain through art, photography, graphics, quotes and stories. Read more

  • 100 Images of Migration

    A collection of diverse images by professional and amateur photographers that together tell a compelling story about what migration means to people across the UK. Read more

  • Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond

    Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond explores the complexity and human stories behind the current migration crisis, with a particular focus on the Calais camp. Read more

  • Keepsakes

    Working with communities and individuals, we are exploring the nature and importance of personal keepsakes in telling migration stories. Read more

  • Partition, 70 years on – the MMP’s annual lecture at the LSE, 22 November 2017

    Ahead of Kishwar Desai’s MMP–LSE lecture on the Partition of India, our projects manager, Andrew Steeds, explores the theme of collective remembering and the differences it can make to those who lived through traumatic events. Read more

  • Being a young interpreter

    In the third of our series reflecting on the experience of running workshops with young people and schoolchildren, Sarah Crafter (The Open University) and Humera Iqbal (University College London) talk about a project that has as its focus young people and children who act as interpreters for their parents and families – and how this focus… Read more

  • Hands-on multiculturalism: learning about everyday diversity in urban England

    As Britain’s cities, towns and countryside become more ethnically diverse, it is important that issues of diversity and multiculture are taught in relevant and sensitive ways. In this blog, Katy Bennett and Giles Mohan reflect on their teaching workshop at the Migration Museum Project’s Call Me By My Name exhibition last year and on the… Read more

  • How did we get to here from there?

    The last day of our previous exhibition, Call Me By My Name: Stories from Calais and beyond, was Sunday 20 August; the dismantling and de-installing of the exhibition started the next day and was completed in a matter of days. Exactly one calendar month later our new exhibition, No Turning Back: Seven migration moments that… Read more

  • Home, 2010 and 2017

    In 2010, Simon James took a series of photographs for an exhibition which he called Home, 2010. This was a series of portraits with handwritten answers to a questionnaire alongside the photos. The questionnaire asked the subjects of their photos a series of factual questions –name, home town, nationality, part of London they lived in,… Read more

  • How long, o Lord, how long?

    How long do you have to live somewhere before you are accepted as belonging there? A friend moved to a village in Devon 30 years ago and is now leader of the parish council. But she regularly finds her proposals or decisions challenged by another council member, who invariably begins his sarcastic intervention, ‘Well, as… Read more

  • The new “respectable racism” needs to be challenged more

    A new exhibition has opened in Roast restaurant in London’s Borough Market, founded by a distinguished friend – and generous supporter – of the Migration Museum Project, Iqbal Wahhab. Here Iqbal talks about the circumstances that provided the unfortunate inspiration for the exhibition. No one really knows what’s going to happen post-Brexit. But we do… Read more

  • No Turning Back – diverging paths in Britain’s migration history

    Standing at a crossroads What have been the pivotal moments, the forks in the road, the lines in the sand in the history of migration in this country? And was the referendum on 23 June 2016 one of those moments? The pivotal moments in a person’s, or a country’s, life are always compelling hooks to… Read more

  • Migration Museum Film Club

    We are launching a new Migration Museum Film Club at the Migration Museum at The Workshop, showcasing films that shed light on different aspects of Britain’s migration story. Read more

  • Martin Roth, 1955–2017

    Truly sorry to hear the news, earlier this week, of the death of Martin Roth, ex-director of the V&A, a distinguished friend of the MMP and a huge source of support, sound advice and inspiration to us, as he was to many in the arts and heritage world. The German foreign minister described him well… Read more

  • Migration Museum at The Workshop launch party

    On the 10th May 2017 we were delighted to welcome 500 supporters to celebrate the opening of our new venue, Migration Museum at The Workshop. Guests enjoyed a wonderful performance by Yasmin Kadi,  as well as talks by distinguished friends, Lord Alf Dubs and George Alagiah.   Migration Museum at The Workshop Launch from Migration… Read more

  • The Migration Museums Network

    The Migration Museum Project is excited to announce the launch of the Migration Museums Network. 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

  • Report on the Migration Museums Network survey results (2017)

    This report shares the results from an online survey of 119 museum professionals and academics conducted in 2017, evaluating the exploration of migration themes by museums and galleries across the UK and assessing demand for the creation of a Migration Museums Network. Read more

  • Museums and Migration, 2009–2017

    A report exploring the case for a national migration museum, and a migration museums network, authored by Dr Cathy Ross and Emma Shapiro. Read more

  • Migration Museum Project’s 2017 Annual Lecture with Gary Younge

    Journalist and author Gary Younge looks at how immigration is understood in the current age and what the consequences are in terms of migration, social anxiety and democracy. Read more

  • George Alagiah at the launch of Migration Museum at The Workshop

    BBC newsreader and journalist George Alagiah, one of our Distinguished Friends, spoke at the launch of the Migration Museum at The Workshop in May 2017. Read more

  • Migration Museum at The Workshop Launch

    Highlights of the launch party for our Migration Museum at The Workshop. Read more

  • Call me by my name – Curator’s insights

    Curator Sue McAlpine takes us behind the scenes to explain the objectives and approach to the Migration Museum Project’s exhibition Call me by name: stories from Calais and beyond. 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

  • Michael Rosen on The Languages of Migration

    Michael Rosen speaking in a thoughtful pose, gesturing with one hand, holding his notes in the other

    Audio podcast and transcript of Michael Rosen’s The Languages of Migration talk for the Migration Museum Project – London School of Economics inaugural annual Public Lecture. Read more