About the Migration Museum Project
It was back in 2003, in a speech to the Social Market Foundation, that Barbara Roche, former Minister for Immigration, first issued a challenge to the cultural sector to back the ideal of a national Migration Museum.
Some years later the Migration Museum Working Group was formed and, in 2009, it secured funding from the Baring Foundation, National Trust and Stone Ashdown Trust enabling it to commission independent research into the representation of migration within existing institutions and to see what more could be done. This research was undertaken by Dr Mary Stevens, who completed her PhD thesis on the French National Museum of Immigration. Her findings, plus an associated report making a case for a national Migration Museum, both published by ippr, can be seen here: A Moving Story and here: Stories Old and New.
Since then, and with seed funding from the Baring Foundation, the Migration Museum Project has been born. It has the support of a growing number of distinguished friends, and the working group has expanded, encompassing individuals from many walks of life who share a passion for telling the migration story in Britain’s first dedicated national museum.
See details of members of our Working Group here
See details of our distinguished friends here