No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain
About the exhibition
20 September 2017 – 9 September 2018 | 11am– 5pm (Wed-Sun, late opening last Thurs of each month)
Migration Museum at The Workshop
26 Lambeth High Street, London, SE1 7AG
This exhibition has been extended until Sunday 9 September 2018. Please note that the Migration Museum at The Workshop will be closed for a week from 16 July–22 July 2018. We will be open during our normal opening hours (Wed–Sun 11am–5pm) during the rest of the summer.
The EU referendum result and ongoing Brexit negotiations have sparked debate about Britain’s relationship with the world and uncertainty about migration to and from Britain.
But Brexit is far from the first pivotal migration moment in Britain’s migration history. This exhibition explores seven such turning points. Some brought people together, others moved people apart; all had a profound effect on individuals who lived through them – and on the country as a whole.
Each moment is explored thematically through a combination of art, photography and personal stories.
These seven moments are not the only ones we could have chosen, nor are we using them to trace the entire history of migration to and from Britain.
We present these moments as starting points for you to explore themes about migration. We want to encourage conversations and hear your stories.
What’s your migration moment?
Please note that there is no step-free access to this exhibition. Large-print captions and magnifying glasses are available. Please ask at reception.
No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain has been featured by a wide range of media outlets, including BBC Culture, BBC World Service, Newsweek, Time Out, Londonist, Huffington Post and CNN.
Click here for a full list of press coverage of the exhibition and the Migration Museum Project.
The Migration Museum Project would like to thank all contributors, donors and volunteers for their generous support and involvement in this exhibition.
Artists and Photographers
Adam Dant, Alex Daw, Andy Barter, Angélica Dass, Déirdre Kelly, Empathy Museum, Hormazd Narielwalla, Leyla Reynolds, Linh Vu, Liz Gerard, Majid Adin, Malgosia Stepnik, Martin Rowson, Nick Ellwood and Kamal Kaan, Rob Pinney, Rock Against Racism contributors (Andy Dark, Caroline Coon, Darla Jane Gilroy, David King, John Angus, Kate Webb, Lucy Whitman, Red Saunders, Richard Lees, Rick Fawcett, Ruth Gregory, Virginia Turbett, Wayne Minter), Roman Lokati, Shao-Jie Lin, The Singh Twins, Verity Newman
Ahmad al-Rashid, Almas Mir, Cai Martinez, Clive Bayley, Dame Stephanie Shirley, Feli Martinez, Krishna P Adhikari, Linh Vu, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Martin Spafford, Michelle Johansen, Nivi Manchanda, Rozina Visram, Tom Lewis
Anthea Gordon, Anya Edmond, Korantema Anyimadu, Koto Akiyoshi, OPM Group (Fanny Goterfelt, Helen Lewandowski, Matthew Reynolds, Mel Ronca, Myles Wilson, Sheila Pardoe, Tim Bidey), Shirin Zaid, Sofia Benitez, Tanya Costa, Yosola Olorunshola
Abigail Morris and Kathrin Pieren, Jewish Museum; Anna Pincus; Dr. Chamion Caballero; Charlie de Wet, Huguenots of Spitalfields; Counterpoints Arts; Dinah Winch, Huguenot Museum; Giles Mohan; Martin Spafford; Robert Winder; Sophie Henderson; Tendayi Bloom; Umut Erel
Bill Bingham; Chris Baxter; Marek Gajewski; Martin Cottis; Nick Sutton; Tomasz Przybyszewski
Manasi Pophale, Sonia Kneepkens, Tracey Taylor
Aditi Anand, Sue McAlpine
Matt Plowright, Robert Winder
Andrew Steeds, Liberty Melly
Emily Miller, Liberty Melly
With thanks to:
Autograph ABP; Alex Mena, Humanae Project; Bradley Lincoln, Mix-d; Chris Baxter; Daniel Rachel; Eithne Nightingale; Emma Reay; Fiona Atkins; Jim Davies, British Airways Heritage Centre; Jonathan Wittenberg; Josephine Burton, Dash Arts; Lottie Boumeester; Mandy J Wise, UCL Library Services, Special Collections; Penny Brook, British Library; Robert Tombs; Ruth Byrne; Stefan Dickers, Bishopsgate Institute; Susheila Nasta; Tony Kushner; Westminster Reference Library; Yale Center for British Art
This exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England, The Open University, Aziz Foundation and all walkers who raised funds for Imprints, our 2016 fundraising walk.