How We Got Here:
The First Three Years

Migration Museum Project February 2014 Report

This report, created by the Migration Museum Project, documents our progress to date and our plans for the future. You can view the full report here:

Bloody Foreigners:
The Story of Immigration to Britain by Robert Winder, New edition, Abacus 2013

The story of the way Britain has been settled and influenced by foreign people is as old as the land itself. In this original, important and inspiring book, Robert Winder tells of the remarkable migrations that have founded and defined a nation.  This brand new edition also takes in the last ten years, bringing the story right up to date.

“Our aristocracy was created by a Frenchman, William the Conqueror, who also created our medieval architecture, our greatest artistic glory. Our royal family is German, our language a bizarre confection of Latin, Saxon and, latterly, Indian and American. Our shops and banks were created by Jews. We did not stand alone against Hitler; the empire stood beside us. And our food is, of course, anything but British…Winder has a thousand stories to tell and he tells them well. Topical, formidable and engaging…a tremendous read”
Sunday Times

“Totally absorbing and revelatory…could not be more timely”
Daily Mail

See what Robert Winder has to say about the new edition here

Buy your copy here.


December 2012

June 2013

Census 2011:
Familiar Themes

Dr Jill Rutter

Migration Museum Project Vice-Chair, Dr Jill Rutter, looks at censuses past and present here

Stories Old and New:
Migration and Identity in the UK Heritage Sector

Dr Mary Stevens, IPPR, July 2009

This report, published by ippr, examines mythologies about migration in Britain. It looks at existing initiatives within museums and heritage institutions in the UK, and also examines the international context, before concluding that there are important gaps in the telling of the UK’s migration story.

Download the full report here

A Moving Story:
Is there a case for a major Museum of Migration in the UK?

Also published by IPPR, this report concludes that there is a case for a new Migration Museum and sets out a strategy for achieving this.

Download the full report here

Brits Abroad:
Mapping the scale and nature of British emigration

Danny Sriskandarajah and Catherine Drew, IPPR, December 2006

While immigration into the UK has received intense attention in recent years, emigration from the UK has largely been ignored. This groundbreaking report, based on extensive analysis of emigration data and qualitative research in several countries, presents new estimates of how many Britons live abroad, where they live and what emigration patterns will look like in the future. The report shows that, in an increasingly mobile world, the UK is truly at the crossroads of the global movement of people. These large scale movements in and out present some important opportunities for the UK as well as challenges for policymakers.

To purchase the full report click here


Migrants and Medicine Seminar

You can now listen again to a series of podcasts taken from our first seminar in our new Great Minds series. This seminar was themed around medicine, chaired by Ian Blatchford (Director of the Science Museum) and took place at The Science Museum’s Dana Centre on 17/01/2013. The event featured talks about Sir Ludgwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympics; Sir Henry Wellcome’s Pharmaceutical work; and the Psychology of Migration. You can listen to all of these talks by using the links below.

Great Minds is a new series looking at how people from migrant backgrounds have contributed to life in the UK in different fields, and is organised by the Migration Museum Project in association with CARA, kindly supported by the The Kohn Foundation: watch this space for more seminars coming soon.

To listen again, use the mini-players below, or click here for our SoundCloud page

Part 1: Introduction by Barbara Roche, Chair of the Migration Museum Project

Part 2: Introduction by Ian Blatchford, then Ross MacFarlane on Henry Wellcome

Part 3: Eva Loeffler OBE on her father, Paralympics Founder Sir Ludwig Guttmann

Part 4: Prof Dinesh Bhugra CBE on the Psychology of Migration

Part 5: Q&A Session led by Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum

DNA and Migration Seminar

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? You can now listen again to a series of podcasts taken from our seminar on DNA and Migration held at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre on 26/01/2012.

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.

To listen again, use the mini-players below, or click here for our SoundCloud page

Part 1: Introduction by Barbara Roche

Part 2: Introduction by George Alagiah

Part 3: David Miles – Peopling the British Isles

Part 4: Dr Turi King – Genetic Research and Migration

Part 5: John Revis and Patrick Vernon discuss personal experiences

Part 6: Q&A Session led by George Alagiah




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