100 Images of Migration gallery

    • Wandsworth Council Coat of Arms

      My "image" is the crest or coat of arms of Wandsworth Borough Council which was designed in 1901, later incorporated into the present crest created in 1965. The dots on the shield are tears, intended to represent the sufferings of the Huguenot refugees who settled on the river Wandle. I like it because it is a sweet but telling instance of the immigrant story, so embedded in our everyday humdrum landscape that we do not even notice it. The same goes for the river Wandle, come to think of it, buried by modern urban life.

      Robert Winder

    • Paddington by Banksy

      My image is a "Banksy" picture I saw in real life ... plus I read Paddington to my kids most nights.

      Will Somerville

    • Kindertransport bronze sculpture

      My image is of a group of children who had arrived at Liverpool Street station on a Kindertransport. It still brings memories of my own journey and arrival in the Summer of 1939. A knapsack of uneaten food that my mother had packed for the journey, the midnight departure from Prague with my anxious mother standing near a German soldier with a swastika armband, and the interminably long train journey sitting on hard wooden seats, the night boat to Harwich and then London and a new beginning.

      Unveiled in September 2006, the bronze sculpture was designed by the renowned Israeli artist and former Kindertransport refugee Frank Meisler..

      Alf Dubs

    • World War 1 Regimental Cap Badge

      This cap badge belonged to my grandfather Moses (Morris) Margolis. He was born in 1885 in Whitechapel, London. His parents were born in Poland and then came to the UK. At some stage the family moved back to Poland but Morris returned to London, served in the Army during the War, married my grandmother in 1920 and died in 1950.

      Sadly I never met him but the badge means a great deal to me. I know that his military service was very important to him. Perhaps a sense of belonging for someone who was the first of his family to be born in the UK.

      Barbara Roche

    • Leeds children play

      I like this picture as it asks as many questions as it answers, and suggests the way in which the second and third generations of migrant communities are navigating new ways of being.

      Tim Smith

    • Bradford children under hoarding

      Chosen as a candidate for 100 images of migration as it asks questions, rather than illustrating an answer, about the subject. For me it celebrates the multi-ethnic makeup of cities such as Bradford while acknowledging some of the tensions that can arise between communities.The Asian migrants to Bradford were originally welcomed to the city to work in the textile mills. During the 1980s when this picture was taken most of this industry disappeared, and together with the rise of far-right groups tensions between communities increased in many areas.

      Tim Smith


      Polish Bible

      A woman born in Britain holds the only two possessions her Polish mother brought with her when she arrived in this country shortly after the end of the Second World War.  They are her Polish bible, and a photograph of her holding the bible on the farm in Germany to which she was deported to work during the War. She never returned to Poland. I like this picture as it is indicative of how few things many migrants are able to carry with them on the often difficult journeys that they are forced into making: often just their culture and their memories.

      Tim Smith

    • Viking Longboat

      By family fable, this is the actual boat in which the Askews and their sheep flock sailed – leaving their native Denmark for a new life on these shores. They arrived at Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire on a calm evening in the late summer of AD 635 after a smooth crossing from Jutland. The local telephone directory today shows just how the family prospered while their sheep safely grazed.

      Paul Askew

    • British Tea Culture

      This display in the Migration Museum's nineteenth century gallery contains relics of the British tea culture practiced in colonial South Australia. The Scotch thistle Shelton bone china set was made in Japan but probably came to Australia via Britain. The three-piece silver tea set in the background was a gift from the Earl of Kintore, Governor of South Australia 1889-95 (the Migration Museum is located on a street named after the Earl).

      Image courtesy Migration Museum, Adelaide

    • Portrait of George Frederick Handel c.1736 by School of Thomas Hudson (1701-1779)

      George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) first arrived in England in 1710 on a year’s leave of absence from his job in Hanover. When he failed to return to his post in Germany he was dismissed, but he soon became a successful composer in London, doubtless helped by his connections with Hanover when George I ascended the throne. Handel composed for Royal events and national celebrations forming his own opera company, and developing the oratorio as a musical form for which he is now best known, as composer of the Messiah. He became a naturalized British citizen in 1727.

      © The Foundling Museum

    • Sicilians

      Sicilian Immigrants weekly gathering at Mary Mother of God church in North London. Enfield, London 2004

      Image courtesy Mimi Mollica

    • Fish and chips

      Refugee Week 2011 - Fish & Chips flyer Fish and chips were brought to the UK by Jewish refugees expelled from Portugal in the 17th century. Refugee Week 2011 - Celebrating 60 years of contribution.

      Image courtesy Refugee Council

    • Passport

      This little stamp in an old passport – dated 30 September 1998 – marks one of the most momentous days in my life. I had arrived that day at Heathrow to spend what I thought would be two years as a student at Oxford before returning home. Like so many migrants, plans changed and, thirteen years on, I am still here. The stamp dated 2001 was an extension of my stay. I recall someone saying those days that any 10 year old could have forged something like this. Perhaps. Thankfully, the technology and security of current visa stamps is much more sophisticated.

      Danny Sriskandarajah

    • Speakers Corner

      Image courtesy Guy Corbishley Grey Photography

    • EDL Protest, Luton Feb 5th 2011

      A young asian women seemingly unaware of a close quarter EDL protester...

      Image courtesy Guy Corbishley Grey Photography

    • Not Another Bloody Aussie

      What two things does London has an abundance of: bad weather and Australians! George Mikes wrote "Do not forget that it is much easier to write in English than to speak English, because you can write without a foreign accent". I photographed Australians who now call London home to ask "how does one know someone's nationality just by looking?". Being an immigrant myself I am always fascinated by the concept of "fitting in". Unfortunately my written English was never that good and I never got higher than a pass in my English classes. Maybe if I knew written English was the way to blend in I would have studied harder.

      Part of the Alien Nation Exhibition 2011. Image courtesy Man Cheung

    • Tea

      Illustration based on the chapter titled 'Tea' from 'How to be an Alien' by George Mikes. Alien Nation was an exhibition by, and about, all the aliens who call London home; featuring art, music and more inspired by 'How to be an Alien'.

      'Tea' by Nishant Choksi from the Central Illustration Agency

    • Polish, Czech and Slovakian Goods on Sale, African food store, Benwell

      Polish bread is advertised independently from general Polish / Slovakian / Czech products, implying its a best seller and most likely requested..

      Image courtesy Identity in Newcastle

    • Customer Service Centre sign in many languages, Newcastle

      A sign board inside Newcastle Civic Centre supplies information in seven languages reflecting something perhaps of Newcastle's multi ethnic makeup. Hazarding a guess at which language is here, I'm guessing at, (from the top), English, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, (Gujarati?) and Urdu.

      Image courtesy Identity in Newcastle

    • Johnston Sans

      Johnston Sans is the type face, originally created by Edward Johnston CBE, that makes so many of the signs, posters and views of the London Underground so legible, so distinctive, so British. Born in San José, Uruguay 1872, to a Scottish military father, he was brought to Britain as a child and later completed a PhD in medicine at the University of Edinburgh. In 1898 he left for London and studied ancient writing techniques at the British Museum. He went on to teach calligraphy at the Central School of Arts & Crafts, The Royal College of Art and was a strong influence on his contemporaries, including another of Britain’s well known font designers, Eric Gill.

      Roland Williams

    • Migration: Language & Identity

      Taken at a small Korean bistro in Tottenham Court Road, this is a window to London's diversity. This also reveals how new Londoners show pride of their identity through their mother tongues.

      Image courtesy Wing Yin Chan

    • Whitechapel Road

      This is a picture of tailors and tailors' pressers waiting for employment in Whitechapel Road in about the early 1940s. The double-chinned gentleman with the cap in the foreground (who was a tailor's presser) is my maternal grandfather, Lazarus Tesser, who came to London from a small town in rural Poland/Austro-Hungary in around 1905, in his early twenties, part of the waves of Jews that were fleeing pogroms. He settled in the East End, where he remained until his death in the late 1950s.

      Image courtesy David Flusfeder

    • Evacuated children, Waddesdon Manor during WWII

      Around 100 children all under the age of 5 were evacuated from Croydon to Waddesdon Manor between 1939 and 1942. Here they are playing on the parterre.

      Image courtesy Waddesdon Manor

    • The Cedar Boys at Waddesdon Manor in 1939

      In 1939, James and Dorothy de Rothschild rescued a group of 30 children from Nazi Germany. Aged between 6 and 12, the children were rescued from a Jewish orphanage in Frankfurt and given a house in Waddesdon Village, The Cedars, hence the name ‘The Cedar Boys’. Once in Waddesdon, they were educated at the village school and then at Aylesbury Grammar School. Some of them are still alive today and are still in touch with the team at the Manor.

      Image courtesy Waddesdon Manor

    • Turkish May Day, Trafalgar Square 01.05.2011

      The majority of Turkish and Kurdish communities to London came in a short period between 1989 and 1995 as political refugees. As a result, leftist and Kurdish political organizations and symbolism originating in Turkey are highly visible in Turkish and Kurdish speaking migrant neighborhoods of London, and moreover, this visibility also dominates May Day demonstrations organized in London at a time when demonstrations in Turkey were brutally suppressed by the state. In the last five years, demonstration in Turkey became popular and peaceful again. In this image, you see youngsters from various political organizations waving their flags, and the choir of Worker Women from Turkey singing “May Day March” in Turkish.

      Image courtesy Besim Can ZIRH

    • Migrant Nurses

      Migrant nurses have a long and proud history of contributing their Nursing skills and expertise to the UK healthcare system.

      Image courtesy RCN Archives 2011

    • Freckles

      Image courtesy Kay James

    • Kosovo flag

      My name is Malsor Llumnica and this is my flag. My family came from Kosovo to the UK because there was a war.

      Heathbrook Primary School, Lambeth

    • Family tree

      My name is Kirstin Havie and this is my story from my mum's side of the family. Anne was in Germany and there was a war because of Hitler. He said be on my team, be killed or leave with the money in your pockets so she left and that was the same with Juan Madinaveity but with Franco.

      Heathbrook Primary School, Lambeth

    • Corner flight

      ‘The Lion & Unicorn’ public art installation for the Southbank Centre, London As part of the 1951 Festival of Britain the original Lion and Unicorn Pavilion housed a flight of ceramic birds symbolising migration and freedom of speech. In homage to this piece, Gitta Gschwendtner has created a new installation, in collaboration with young people from refugee groups, and poets from across London. Around 50% of the artists involved in the Festival of Britain were from refugee backgrounds. The sculpture consists of around 1000 sheets of suspended tyvek paper incorporating young poets’ work. Above this structure the paper is transformed into paper airplanes appearing to fly off into the distance, with the young peoples’ voices literally taking off into the sky.

      Design: Gitta Gschwendtner

    • Sudanese refugee and British Red Cross volunteer, Yaya.

      My work focusses heavily on refugees and asylum seekers, an often overlooked or misunderstood form of immigration into the UK. I work closely with the British Red Cross Refugee Services team, and have recently started to teach asylum seekers a basic photography class and a new exhibition will be displayed around the UK during refugee week. I feel this image says a lot about Yaya's character and the way he wants to be seen by the world. He is powerful, he is confident, he has been through so much in his life so far, yet he remains positive and wants to be seen and heard by the UK population.

      Photo by Tom Bing

    • Migrant workers

      This image, of migrant workers, working in a London hotel in the 1970s, is part of a series of pictures produced to accompany an oral history project produced by the Al Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre London 2010-11. The project documented the personal migratory experiences of Moroccan women who came to the UK between 1960 and 1990 and settled in the Portobello area of London.

      Image courtesy Fatima serroukh

    • Jamaica/Scotland

      From "Land of Hope and Glory: A perspective of immigration and diversity". This project is a non-political piece aimed at reminding people that immigration is not a new phenomenon but has been going on for hundreds of years. Of the 198 or so countries of the world, 170 are represented here, in Handsworth, Birmingham.

      Image courtesy OutroSlide www.outroslide.co.uk/

    • India/Kenya

      From "Land of Hope and Glory: A perspective of immigration and diversity". This project is a non-political piece aimed at reminding people that immigration is not a new phenomenon but has been going on for hundreds of years. Of the 198 or so countries of the world, 170 are represented here, in Handsworth, Birmingham.

      Image courtesy OutroSlide www.outroslide.co.uk/

    • Members of the photography group

      One of a series of images produced by the photography group of the Creative Arts Programme at Helen Bamber Foundation

      Image by Adel

    • Trafficked women

      Trafficked women are living dolls. They do not have any say, they can't do anything of their own will, they are like imprisoned in their own body. One of a series of images produced by the photography group of the Creative Arts Programme at Helen Bamber Foundation

      Image by Esha

    • Izzy Pilavsky

      Born in Israel, living in London, my dad, who I love most in the world.

      Image courtesy Jill Rutter

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      My great grandmother died when my own grandmother was small, leaving a large and motherless family. My grandmother's older sister could not cope, so various chidlren were dispatched off to live with relatives. My own grandmother made the journey to Canada, where she lived with relatives until she re-migrated abck to England as a young adult. She kept in touch with relatives, here and there though letters, and as a consequence I have large collection of Canadian stamps. My image of migration are stamps - they represent communication between the homeland and the migrant.

      Image courtesy Jill Rutter

    • Solbuch

      Hiatus is a visual narrative retracing a journey my grandfather undertook, aged 17, as Germany invaded Poland. Transported from Pleszew, as a concession to his factory-owning parents, he was forced to work on V2 rocket building in the Harz Mountains, near Hanover. He escaped before the end of the war, a fugitive for a month and travelling undercover East to West until being recaptured by Canadian Forces. Interrogated for ten days as POW, he was drafted back into the Polish Army and sent to a camp in Scotland. In 1947 finally a free man he chose to travel to London at the age of 22. The image displays a Solbuch (a workbook) - a form of identification equivalent to a passport issued during the War.

      Image courtesy J Konczak

    • Fotos de mi familia

      This image is from a set of images produced in my grandmother’s house in Chile. In the photograph is a row of images, which include my grandfather, my father and two uncles. My parents migrated to the UK in 1974 and my younger brother and me have grown up here with my parent as a small family of four. My extended family all still living in Chile and are part of a large family tree with many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, bothers and sisters. We have missed growing up with this close family network.

      Image by Sarah Bustamante-Brauning

    • Len Garrison

      -Picture of Len Garrison, Educationalist, culturalist and co-founder of Black Cultural Archives, from 1954, showing his immigration stamp into the UK.

      Image courtesy Marie Garrison and Black Cultural Archives not to be reproduced without permission

    • British Gypsies

      British Gypsies are the decendants of Romany migrants into Britain, they have helped shape our culture and language in more ways than we can imagine.

      Image courtesy Lisa Ebert

    • I came to be educated

      Image courtesy Nicol Caplin

    • I come from a family of migrants. My father's father, Bautista, emigrated to Venezuela in the early 30's from Spain, and my mum's father, Nicola, emigrated to Venezuela in the late 40's from Italy. Both of them where looking for a better life in this new country that was welcoming hundreds of migrants from the old continent. I'm originally from Venezuela but I have been living in the UK since 2004, though I originally planned to learn English and to stay for no more than 9 months. However, I brought certain objects that still remain with me; one is a picture of my parents, Ivone and Jose, and a letter written by my father. After 7 years living in the UK, I still carry my parents photographs in my wallet, and now and then re-read my father's encouraging and inspiring words.

      Image courtesy Veronica Sanchis

    • She told me she wants to come with me to London.

      Image courtesy Nicol Caplin

    • Kids_(Migrants) Spring

      KIDS, FOUR SEASONS. 2010. Drawing installation frieze depicting four different ways to experience childhood.

      Image courtesy Federico Gallo

    • Mosque, Harehills Leeds

      The contrast between the typical British houses and the mosque reflects immigration and multiculturalism in the UK

      Image courtesy Oana Nenciulescu

    • Untitled

      This picture was taken in Liverpool. When I arrived in England I did not know anyone and I did not feel particularly welcome. I went on this street approximately two years after my arrival in England however for a split second I felt like it was my first day.

      Image courtesy Robert Jasinski

    • "I was waiting for the longest time, she said. I thought you forgot. It is hard to forget, I said, when there is such an empty space when you are gone."

      Image courtesy Brian Andreas

    • "Swaledale five pound note

      The Swaledale £5 was the first note printed by the bank – originally it was used as local currency. Miners could have small local saving groups and if they needed loans could approach the bank. The point of a successful bank was that not only was it local but it was trusted - and was run by notables who were respected and responsible people. When people started emigrating the only money they had to take with them was from the local bank it was used extensively for dales families to take with them when they emigrated to America and the antipodes. These notes are still in the ownership of dales families abroad.

      Image courtesy Glenys Marriott, Upper Dales Family History Group

    • Hiscock advertisement

      This advertisement describes the agent in Hawes in Wensleydale advising his services to would be emigrants.

      Image courtesy Glenys Marriott, Upper Dales Family History Group

    • Brick Lane

      Image courtesy Rosalind Duguid

    • Oromo Family

      An Oromo family visit the seaside in Brighton having come to the UK as refugees from Ethiopia under the UK Government Gateway Protection Programme. The family had been identified by UNHCR as vulnerable while living in Kakuma camp in northern Kenya. UK 2007

      © Howard Davies

    • Children from Vietnam

      Unaccompanied refugee children from Vietnam, who have been resettled from camps in Hong Kong to new lives in the UK, at a SCF children’s SCF home , Hampton Court House, UK. 1990

      © Howard Davies

    • Arabic Saturday School

      Arabic Saturday school mother tongue for refugee children whose families are refugees from Iraq and have settled in London, UK 2001

      © Howard Davies

    • Kosova Albanian Refugees

      Kosova Albanian refugees met by Refugee Council after arriving on an evacuation flight at Manchester airport from the camps in Macedonia , UK. 1999

      © Howard Davies

    • Refugee Family

      Refugee family in overcrowded bed and breakfast accommodation in London having been resettled from the camps in Hong Kong. Despite difficult early days many refugees from Vietnam have done very well since their 1979 resettlement. London, UK 1987

      © Howard Davies

    • I don't know who she is or where she is coming from

      Image courtesy Dina Choudhury

    • Einstein's Landing Card

      This landing card, recently discovered after nearly 80 years being stored at Heathrow, is proof that one of the most famous names in history came to Britain seeking safe haven in 1933 before eventually settling in the US. Albert Einstein was already world famous for his discoveries in physics when the Nazi regime declared him an enemy of Germany and made him an assassination target, forcing him to leave Berlin. It marks the journey that he took from mainland Europe to Dover on 26th May 1933 and bears his signature, recording his occupation as "professor" and listing his nationality as Swiss, proof that he had renounced his German citizenship only weeks earlier in angry reaction to Nazi policies.

      Courtesy Merseyside Maritime Museum.

    • Dad

      My father arrived in the UK in 1973 with an umbrella and the determination to work hard and make something of himself. He hasn't stopped working since. Now he is an established and successful businessman. He achieved the immigrant's dream.

      Image courtesy Umar Choudhury

    • Sophie and her stories

      Artist Sophie Herxheimer with some of her "food stories", part of her "Pie Days and Holidays" exhibition at Marine Studios, Margate.

      Image courtesy Sophie Herxheimer

    • Muslim Wedding

      Groom stands outside car while mother, grandmother and aunt wait in car, before leaving for marriage venue.

      Image courtesy Kajspice