The Migration Museum at The Workshop – telling stories of movement to and from Britain in fresh and engaging ways.

We stage an adventurous programme of exhibitions, events and education workshops at our museum, housed in The Workshop, an arts and community space just off Albert Embankment in London.

The Migration Museum at The Workshop is located at 26 Lambeth High Street, London, SE1 7AG.

Opening hours: 12pm–8pm (Thursdays), 12pm–6pm (Fridays–Sundays)

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David Olusoga

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian Historian, Producer and Presenter. His TV series include Civilisations (BBC 2), Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2). David is also the author of Civilisations: Encounters and the Cult… Read more

Meet our distinguished friends
  • Migrateful – Ethiopian vegan cookery class with Woin

    February 20, 2019

    Learn the secrets to cooking a range of vegan-friendly Ethiopian dishes, followed by a sit-down dinner with Woin as part of a cookery class run by Migrateful, in partnership with the Migration Museum. Read more

  • Migrateful – Iranian cookery class with Elahe and Parastoo

    January 23, 2019

    Learn the secrets to cooking a range of aromatic Iranian delicacies, followed by a sit-down dinner with our mother-daughter duo Elahe and Parastoo as part of a cookery class run by Migrateful in partnership with the Migration Museum. Read more

  • New Art Studio drop-in workshop

    January 19, 2019

    The New Art Studio is running a series of weekly drop-in public workshops on Saturday afternoons during its residency as part of our Room to Breathe exhibition. Read more

  • Room to Breathe

    November 1, 2018

    An immersive exhibition inviting you to discover stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. Journey through a series of rooms in which the struggles, joys, creativity and resilience of living in a new land are brought to life through audio, films, photographs and personal objects. Read more

  • Room to Breathe

    An immersive exhibition inviting you to discover stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. Journey through a series of rooms in which the struggles, joys, creativity and resilience of living in a new land are brought to life through audio, films, photographs and personal objects. Read more

  • No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain

    A new exhibition from the Migration Museum exploring seven migration moments throughout history that changed Britain through art, photography, graphics, quotes and stories. Read more

  • 100 Images of Migration

    A collection of diverse images by professional and amateur photographers that together tell a compelling story about what migration means to people across the UK. Read more

  • Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond

    Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond explores the complexity and human stories behind the current migration crisis, with a particular focus on the Calais camp. Read more

  • Karl Marx’s London

    Much is made of Britain’s reputation for providing refuge for people seeking political asylum but many consider such self-congratulation undeserved, pointing instead to Britain’s relative resistance to taking in Jewish refugees before and during the Second World War, to the small number of Vietnamese boatpeople taken in in the 1970s (in comparison with those taken… Read more

  • What have EU nationals ever done for the UK’s heritage sector?

    In this guest blog Olivia Bridge considers the contribution EU nationals have made to the museum sector, and what impact the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may have on the culture and heritage industries. Artists and, more generally, people working in the culture and heritage industry have always been conspicuous for their mobility, travelling across… Read more

  • The art studio as a ‘room to breathe’

    Room to Breathe at the Migration Museum takes visitors on an immersive journey through a series of interconnected rooms, revealing the multi-layered experience of migrants and refugees arriving in a new country. Intimate personal stories are brought to life through audio recordings of oral histories as visitors go through the different rooms. At the centre… Read more

  • Dima Karout – artist and curator in residence of the art studio in Room to Breathe

    Dima Karout is our first artist in residence for our Room to Breathe exhibition and will be curator in residence of the art studio in the exhibition, overseeing a series of residencies by migrant artists. In this blog post, Dima introduces her artistic practice and approach and explains how our artist-in-residence series will work. Read more

  • Migration, population ageing, and labour force participation

    When people express anxieties about immigration, they tend to do so in terms of its economic, social or cultural effect on the country – and occasionally all three. Of these, the social effect of immigration continues to be the most divisive, with strident voices expressing bitterly opposing views. As far as the other two are… Read more

  • Island to Island

    This is a guest blog by photographer Tim Smith, a long-standing friend of the Migration Museum Project and contributor to our 100 Images of Migration exhibition. He describes the background to Island to Island – Journeys Through the Caribbean, a new exhibition at Leeds Central Library which runs from 27 June until 27 July 2018.  A… Read more

  • A Polaroid for a Refugee

    A guest blog by Giovanna Del Sarto, creator of A Polaroid for a Refugee, a photographic project depicting points of transition in the lives of individual refugees, a selection of images from which we are displaying at the Migration Museum at The Workshop in June 2018. Read more

  • A new brochure and a cloud’s silver lining

    We’re putting the finishing touches to our new brochure (our sixth, by my reckoning), which we hope to have ready in paper form and as a pdf on our website in the next few weeks. It’s always an interesting process: taking stock of how far we have travelled and how much we have done, re-examining… Read more

  • Moving Stories – a competition that has moved us all

    A guest blog by Asher Goodenough, Subject Advisor for History at OCR, on the Moving Stories competition, which the Migration Museum Project ran in partnership with OCR. Read more

  • River deep, mountain high – two weeks in April 1968

    The title is a reference to the song made famous by Ike and Tina Turner in 1966, lavishly and operatically (some might say bombastically) produced by Phil Spector. Fortunately for this blog, Eric Burdon and the Animals (themselves not averse to musical pyrotechnics) reprised the song in 1968, the year that is the focus of… Read more

  • Cultural diversity in London, 1821

    For many people, there was a golden age when Britain was truly British, populated by the British, with shared cultural and religious values. This golden age is variously identified as that of King Arthur, or Elizabeth I or Victoria, or Churchill, among others. As is the case with most golden ages, all too often the… Read more

  • Grade I status conferred on British mosque with extraordinary history

    On Tuesday 13 March, Historic England conferred Grade I listed status on the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking, Surrey, which thereby became the first mosque to receive this status in the country. There had been other registered mosques in the UK before the Woking mosque, the earliest on record being the Liverpool Muslim Institute, which… Read more

  • New Art Studio taking up residence in our Room to Breathe exhibition

    The New Art Studio, a London-based therapeutic art studio for asylum seekers and refugees, is taking up residence in the art studio in our Room to Breathe exhibition from 17 January until 24 February 2019. Read more

  • Dima Karout – artist and curator in residence of the art studio in Room to Breathe

    Dima Karout is our first artist in residence for our Room to Breathe exhibition and will be curator in residence of the art studio in the exhibition, overseeing a series of residencies by migrant artists. In this blog post, Dima introduces her artistic practice and approach and explains how our artist-in-residence series will work. Read more

  • Migration Museum campaign highlights diversity of England World Cup team

    The Migration Museum highlighted the diversity of the England team in a campaign to coincide with England’s first World Cup game against Tunisia on 18 June 2018 asking what the starting XI would look like without the impact of first and second-generation immigrants. Read more

  • The Migration Museums Network

    Our pilot Migration Museums Network ran from November 2016–November 2017, with participants expressing strong demand for an information-sharing network on migration themes and giving positive feedback on the two events held to date. Read more

  • Dr Nadia Valman wins Hawking Award for Migrant Literature Walks

    Dr Nadia Valman has been awarded the Hawking Award for Developed Understanding of Public Engagement for her collaboration with the Migration Museum Project on ‘Migrant Literature Walks’ in 2017 and 2018. Read more

  • Teachers’ evening for No Turning Back

    Primary and secondary school teachers are invited to the Migration Museum at The Workshop on Wednesday 2 May to find out all about our education programme related to our current exhibition ‘No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain’. Read more

  • Migration Museum Book Club

    The Migration Museum Book Club aims to bring together those who have stories to tell and those who have read good stories. Devised and run by our volunteers and based around a monthly theme, attendees are invited to bring a book, poem, article or a piece of their own writing to share and discuss with the group. Read more

  • Moving Stories – exhibition competition with OCR

    We will be judging the finalists in our competition with exam board OCR on 24 April, with the winning team having the opportunity to visit New York City this summer as the prize. Read more

  • David Olusoga speaking at the launch of Room to Breathe

    Watch historian, producer and presenter David Olusoga, one of our Distinguished Friends, speaking at the launch of our Room to Breathe exhibition on 31 October 2018. Read more

  • Audio stories from Room to Breathe

    A selection of audio food stories from our Room to Breathe exhibition. Read more

  • Moving Stories – competition with OCR

    A video showcasing our inaugural Moving Stories competition, in partnership with exam board OCR, in which teams of students studying OCR’s migration GCSE history units were invited to design a new exhibition based on an aspect of their studies, with the winning team jetting off to New York City in summer 2018. Read more

  • What role does the media play in the national debate around migration?

    Listen to a panel discussion on the role of the media in shaping and influencing the national debate around migration, featuring Liz Gerard, former Times journalist and independent blogger of the year; Jakub Krupa, UK correspondent for the Polish Press Agency; Abdulwahab Tahhan, a Syria-born, UK-based journalist. The discussion was chaired by Sunder Katwala, director of British Future and former journalist. Read more

  • Migration Museum Project 2017/18 brochure

    This brochure outlines our plans to create a permanent Migration Museum for Britain, our current and past activities and our achievements to date. Read more

  • Migration Museums Network: Evaluation Report (2016–17)

    Download and view the full report here This evaluation report reflects on a pilot year for a proposed Migration Museums Network that ran from November 2016 to November 2017. The Migration Museum Project (MMP) coordinated this pilot to gauge the demand and need for a Network to increase and improve work on migration and related themes across the… Read more

  • Moving Hearts

    A video on Moving Hearts, a collaboration between Australian artist Penny Ryan and Professor Anna Reading and Dr James Bjork from King’s College London in 2018. Moving Hearts built on Penny’s Connecting Hearts Project, which has involved 1000s of people in Sydney reflecting on their connection with people seeking asylum, particularly those in detention. We hosted a series of art workshops… Read more

  • Lady Kishwar Desai on Partition, 70 years on

    Listen to our 2017 LSE–MMP annual lecture on Partition, 70 years on, given by Lady Kishwar Desai. Read more

  • Migration Museums Network: Survey results (2017)

    This report shares the results from an online survey of 119 museum professionals and academics conducted in 2017, evaluating the exploration of migration themes by museums and galleries across the UK and assessing demand for the creation of a Migration Museums Network. Read more

  • Museums and Migration, 2009–2017

    A report exploring the case for a national migration museum, and a migration museums network, authored by Dr Cathy Ross and Emma Shapiro. Read more

  • Migration Museum Project’s 2017 Annual Lecture with Gary Younge

    Journalist and author Gary Younge looks at how immigration is understood in the current age and what the consequences are in terms of migration, social anxiety and democracy. Read more

  • Robert Tombs on English migration history

    On 18 November 2015, Robert Tombs delivered our second Annual Lecture in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Listen to the audio podcast. Read more