Our Migration Story

This website draws on the research of over 60 historians based in universities and historical institutions and presents the often untold stories of the generations of migrants who came to and shaped the British Isles.

While this website is primarily designed to support teachers and students studying migration to Britain, its aim is to be a useful resource for anyone interested in Britain’s migration history.

It’s organised through stories of individuals and groups drawing on a diverse range of historical source material and in four time-period categories: AD43-15001500-17501750-19001900-2000s. The varied sources present the successes, challenges, obstacles and surprises faced by Britain’s migrants over more than a thousand years.

England’s Immigrants 1330 – 1550

Various sets of introductory powerpoints produced for primary and secondary pupils by teachers as part of the teacher scholar programme hosted by University of York and the National Archives. These lessons introduce pupils to the results of the research project into medieval immigration using extensive government records from the time.

Objects in Focus

The learning team at the Jewish Museum have chosen objects from the museum’s collection for your students to focus on in the classroom.  Each of the objects relate to one of their four Learning Strands – Discovering Judaism, Exploring Migration History, Investigating the Holocaust and Revealing Arts. Guide your students through describing and analysing the significance of museum objects and what they tell us about Judaism, Jewish migration history and Jewish culture.

Against All Odds

Interactive online game where the student takes on the role of a refugee, making difficult decisions in order to keep themselves and their family safe. There are additional resources for teachers to guide discussion as students play this game.