About the Migration Museum Project
In a speech to the Social Market Foundation in 2003, Barbara Roche, former Minister for Immigration, 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, securing funding, in 2009, from the Baring Foundation, National Trust and Stone Ashdown Trust that enabled 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.
The Migration Museum Project emerged in the wake of the publication of this research, with the help of seed funding from the Baring Foundation. It secured the support of a galaxy of distinguished friends (now numbering close on 90), and expanded its working group to encompass individuals from many walks of life who share a passion for telling the migration story in Britain’s first dedicated national museum. Most of the original members of the working group now sit on the Migration Museum Project’s committee as trustees.
Since 2012, the Migration Museum Project has received core funding from a range of generous funders – among them, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, City Bridge Trust, Migration Foundation, Rayne Foundation, Alfred Caplin Charity Settlement, Unbound Philanthropy, Kohn Foundation, Nadir Dinshaw Charitable Trust and Artistic Endeavours Trust. This funding has enabled the Project to appoint a director, an education officer and a projects manager. From a working group only a few years ago, it now has a significant presence in the sector, has hosted its first exhibition, run a programme of seminars and events, and begun to develop an education programme that enshrines migration education in the emerging curriculum.
The Migration Museum Project has made significant progress since Barbara Roche’s speech in 2003, and much of that activity is evident on this website. Now it is poised to take the next exciting steps forward, towards an actual physical presence.
Who we are
See details of members of our Working Group here
See details of our distinguished friends here