The Migration Museums Network


From November 2016 to November 2017, we coordinated the pilot year of the Migration Museums Network, generously funded by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

This network pilot aimed to increase and improve outputs associated with migration and related themes in museums and galleries across the UK. Various activities met these aims: a widespread online survey about migration themes in our sector was completed by 119 respondents from a range of institutions across the UK. We delivered a report, co-authored by Dr Cathy Ross and Emma Shapiro on the status of migration themes across the sector; updating previous research from 2009 with lots of new information and highlights. We also held two events in the autumn of 2017, focused on sharing best practice, highlighting case studies and facilitating partnerships across the sector. One was at the British Museum in London with 80 delegates; the other was at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle with 40 delegates. Thanks to all those who participated in the events.

Evaluation of the pilot was positive, with participants expressing strong demand for an information-sharing network on migration themes and giving positive feedback on the two events held to date. The overwhelming majority of survey respondents and delegates expressed a clear desire to be part of a Migration Museums Network, and to share contact and project details, via Network events, and online.

For more information and to read the report, survey and evaluation findings in full, please click on the links below:

Download and read the Migration Museums Network 2017 Evaluation report

Download and read the report on the Migration Museums Network survey results 2017

Download and read the Museums and Migration 2009-17 report


To find out more about the pilot of the Migration Museums Network and explore possible next steps for this network, please contact our Head of Learning and Partnerships Emily Miller:

Migration Museum at The Workshop

26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG
Open Weds–Sun 11am–5pm (late opening last Thurs of each month)
Free admission

The Migration Museum at The Workshop tells stories of movement to and from Britain through exhibitions, events and education workshops.

Getting here
The Migration Museum at The Workshop is located at 26 Lambeth High Street SE1 7AG, just off Albert Embankment.


We are an 11-minute walk from Vauxhall (Victoria line), a 13-minute walk from Lambeth North (Bakerloo line) and an 18-minute walk from Waterloo (Northern, Jubilee, and Bakerloo lines) and Westminster (Jubilee, District, and Circle lines).

Walking directions from Vauxhall

Walking directions from Lambeth North

Walking directions from Waterloo

Walking directions from Westminster

We are an 11-minute walk from Vauxhall and an 18-minute walk from Waterloo stations.

A number of buses stop close to the Workshop, including routes 3, 77, 344, 360, 507 and C10.

Nearby Santander Cycle docking stations include Fire Brigade Pier (on Albert Embankment) and Lambeth Road (close to entrance to Lambeth Palace). Visitors may lock their bikes outside the Workshop at their own risk.

We do not have any visitor parking, so encourage visitors to walk, cycle or take public transport where possible.  A limited number of pay and display parking spaces are available on Lambeth High Street, with a maximum stay restriction of four hours. Please note that we are located within the London Congestion Charge Zone.

Nearby Attractions
We are located in the heart of an emerging cultural quarter, with the Newport Street Gallery, newly renovated Garden Museum, Imperial War Museum London, Florence Nightingale Museum, Beaconsfield Gallery and Cabinet Gallery among the museums and galleries located within walking distance, and with Tate Britain, Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster among the attractions located just across the river.

Please note that there is no step-free access to our first-floor exhibition spaces at this venue. We do offer step-free access for events held in The Workshop’s Engine Hall and Community Space on the ground floor. See exhibition and event listings for more information.

School and university visits

We regularly host workshops and tours for primary schools, secondary schools and university groups.

To find out more and book, please email our Education Officer, Liberty Melly at or our Head of Learning and Partnerships, Emily Miller at

We have also produced a range of teaching materials relating to themes explored in our exhibition. Please see the Education section of our website for more.

Group visits and private tours
We offer guided tours of our exhibitions for groups, both during visiting hours and outside of visiting hours – subject to availability and advance notice.

To find out more and book, please email Liberty Melly at


What’s on

No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain

Amid uncertainty over Brexit, No Turning Back explores seven pivotal moments in Britain’s migration history through a combination of art, photography and personal stories. We present these moments as starting points to encourage conversations and hear about the migration moments that matter to you.


We stage a varied programme of events. Please view our events page for more information on what’s coming up.



About The Workshop

The Workshop is a temporary arts and community space dedicated to inspiring creativity and knowledge exchange, housed in the London Fire Brigade engine workshops on Albert Embankment. The space, created and managed by regeneration specialist U+I, is home to creative tenants including Migration Museum Project, Institute of Imagination, Kidesign, Vivid Drinks, Mark Lloyd Bennett Design, Progress London and multidisciplinary artists Christopher Baxter, Barry Reigate and Luke Haseler, all of whom will be hosting interactive events for the community to discover and enjoy.

The Migration Museum Project would like to thank U+I for generously enabling us to host our museum at The Workshop.