Forthcoming events

Posted: October 28th, 2013

Community Conversation about Migration Museum Project’s Education Programme

Wednesday 25 June 2014, 18:30-20:30
The Model Room at Somerset House, The Strand London WC2R 1LA

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We are collaborating with GlobalNet21 to host a Community Conversation about Migration Museum Project’s Education Programme.

Join us and share your experiences and opinions and help us to shape the future of this programme.

Free event, refreshments provided.

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Past events

Posted: May 2nd, 2011

Great Minds: Migration & Philosophy

Thursday 14 November 2013 19:00 – 21:00
Simpkins Lee Theatre, Pipe Partridge Building, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, hosts ‘Minds and Borders’, a Migration and Philosophy panel discussion. The panel examines whether Philosophy can offer fresh perspectives on social issues such as migrant rights and how a country’s borders should be managed. The panel investigates how migrant experience might have shaped the study of Philosophy in Britain. Organised in partnership with CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics).


Professor Christopher Shields
Tutorial Fellow in Ancient Philosophy at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.


Julian Baggini, writer and broadcaster
Julian is the author of several books about philosophy and is the co-founder and editor-inchief of The Philosophers’ Magazine. He also contributes to newspapers and BBC radio. Julian discussed arguments for asylum.

Dr Meena Dhanda, Reader in Philosophy and Cultural Politics, University of Wolverhampton
Dr Dhanda examined the philosophical basis of personal identity.

Professor John Worrall, Professor of Philosophy of Science at the London School of Economics
Professor Worrall talked about the life and work of the eminent philosopher, Sir Karl Popper, who was born in Vienna and was a refugee in New Zealand and Britain

Flyer here

Great Minds: Migration & Architecture

Thursday 28 November 2013 18:30 – 20:30
At Iniva, Rivington Place London EC2A 3BA

The Migration Museum Project and Iniva join forces to explore Migration and Architecture. How have migrants shaped Britain’s built environment and the ways we think about buildings? Plus, join for us for a hands-on architecture activity. Organised in partnership with CARA (Council for Assisting Refugee Academics).


Deyan Sudjic, Director, Design Museum


Sunand Prasad, leading British architect
Sunand Prasad discussed identity and architecture

Susie Harries, biographer of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner
Susie Harries discussed how a German-born scholar came to document England’s most important buildings.

Catherine Croft, Director, The Twentieth Century Society
Catherine Croft will discuss 20th century migrant architects.

Hands-on activity
Led by Our Hut.

Flyer here

See photos of this event here

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Great Minds: Migrants & Medecine

Thursday, 17th January 2013, 7.00 -9.00pm at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre

LISTEN AGAIN: a full podcast of this event is available via our Publications & Media page

What have migrants ever done for us? The Migration Museum Project and Cara launch their new Great Minds series of seminars examining they ways in which Britain’s intellectual life has been enriched by migrants, with the first event in the series at the Dana Centre in January 2013. Future events will explore the hugely significant contributions made by people from migrant backgrounds to the fields of Architecture, Politics, Music, the City and more.

Chair: Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum


Eva Loeffler OBE – The Paralympics
Eva Loeffler, daughter of Sir Ludwig Guttmann, will be discussing her father’s work and legacy as founder of the Paralympics

Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE – The Psychology of Migration
The brilliant Professor Dinesh Bhugra will present some of his own research into migration and mental health.

Ross MacFarlane, the Wellcome Collection – Pharmaceuticals
Ross MacFarlane of the Wellcome Collection will explore the work of Henry Wellcome’s pharmaceutical research laboratories, and his work in the field of tropical medicine.

See photos of this event here

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Great Minds: Migration & Genetics

Thursday, 26th January 2012, 7.30pm at Dana Centre
165 Queen’s Gate London SW7 5HD

LISTEN AGAIN: a full podcast of this event is available via our Publications & Media page

There’s been a huge explosion of interest in genetic genealogy and personal DNA testing. But how much do we know about the migration of our ancestors? What do we really want to discover from DNA tests? How much will genetics really be able to tell us about ourselves?

Facilitator George Alagiah was joined by archaeologist and author David Miles, geneticist Dr Turi King and Patrick Vernon who discussed these issues and more. They were also joined by Yorkshireman John Revis, who shared the surprising results of his own DNA test.

This event was preceded by a drinks reception sponsored by the Science Museum

See photos of this event here

Great Minds: Migrants in the digital age

Tuesday, 25 October 2011, 6.30pm
RSA, 8 John Adam Street 
WC2N 6EZ London
Speakers: Author and journalist Robert Winder, former Home Secretary David Blunkett, journalist and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor and development expert Titi Banjoko.

Immigration used to involve packing an entire life into a suitcase and moving to a new country for good. Now, with modern communications and transport, it is far more fluid and dynamic. Modern migrants need not lose contact with their old homes; they can keep old ties refreshed; and families can span the globe. Children are schooled for periods abroad and migrants live across multiple worlds.

The old assumptions about immigration – the so-called Ellis Island model of arrival, settlement and assimilation – are dissolving fast. What does this mean for politics and policy? How is such mobility changing our attitudes to integration, identity and belonging? What does it mean for the economy, here and abroad? How can we tell this new story?

The event was followed by a reception sponsored by PwC Legal.

Listen to full audio here

See photos of this event here

Great Minds: Migrants and intellectual life

Wednesday 13th July 6.30-8.00pm
LSE, NAB.LG01 Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London
In conjunction with the London School of Economics Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Matrix Chambers

Speakers: Sir Harry Kroto, Philippe Sands QC, Mike Phillips, Gita Sahgal. Introduction by Barbara Roche
Chair: Rabinder Singh QC

Migrants are often presented as a burden, but no one can deny the impact they have had on Britain’s intellectual life. One quarter of Britain’s Nobel Prize winners in science were born abroad. Our religious, philosophical and ideological heritage has often been inspired by migrants, from royal patrons (Prince Rupert, Prince Albert) to refugees (Ralf Dahrendorf, Isaiah Berlin). It is rarely noticed on the migration balance sheet, but our science, philosophy, critical and spiritual life has been repeatedly shaped and reshaped by newcomers.

Sir Harry Kroto is a Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996.
Philippe Sands QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers and Professor of Laws and Director of the Centre of International Courts and Tribunals at University College London.
Mike Phillips is a journalist and writer who has worked for the BBC.
Rabinder Singh QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers, deputy High Court judge, Crown Court Recorder and Professor of Law.
Gita Sahgal is a writer and journalist.
Barbara Roche chairs the Migration Museum Project and is a former Immigration Minister.

See photos of this event here