Please note that we are closed to the public from Monday 10 September until Thursday 1 November 2018 while we deinstall our previous exhibition and install our next exhibition, Room to Breathe.


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.

What’s on and how to find us>

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Lord Anthony Lester QC

Anthony Lester practises constitutional, equality and human rights law at Blackstone Chambers, including the East African Asians case. Read more

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  • Room to Breathe

    An immersive experience inviting you to discover stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. Journey through a series of rooms filled with personal narratives and objects that bring to life the struggles, joys, creativity and resilience of living in a new land. 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

  • 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

  • The public’s engagement with migration debates

    In a second blog for us, Assunta Nicolini, one of our regular volunteers, talks about how two of the seven moments in our current exhibition, No Turning Back, have caused visitors to raise questions about the complex relationship between race, migration and racism. Assunta is writing here in a private capacity.   A year and… Read more

  • What does migration mean in the UK today? – Poster project by University of Hertfordshire students

    Second-year graphic design and illustration students at the University of Hertforshire were tasked with designing a poster in response to the question: ‘What does migration mean in the UK today?’ Kerry William Purcell, Senior Lecturer in Design History at the University of Hertfordshire, explains the background to the project as well as presenting some of the posters produced by his students. Read more

  • Gujarati Yatra – “We came with empty hands; we left with empty hearts”

    If you find yourself anywhere near Croydon between now and April 2018, go and visit the Gujarati Yatra exhibition, which is nestled away in the Museum of Croydon and occupies the stairwell, corridor and café of the Clocktower building in which it is housed.1 This exhibition tells the story of the double diaspora of the… Read more

  • Winning the argument or listening?

    The festive season is upon us. According to experts commenting on the subject in magazines and newspapers, it could equally be called the arguing season. A friend in an early Christmas party bemoaned the arrival of her in-laws, bringing with them different opinions on Brexit and other political issues that, sooner or later, led to… Read more

  • Talking about Roman migration in 2017

    The past is not only a different country; it’s a contested one, too, and nowhere more so than in the extent to which Britain may or may not have been a ‘multi-racial’ society in earlier centuries. As with all debates of this kind, positions quickly become polarised and evidence exaggerated, with each end of the… Read more

  • Economic migrants or refugees? A core issue at the heart of migration past and present

    The Migration Museum Project is blessed with a large team of fantastic volunteers, without whom we would find it hard to function and impossible to run our events and exhibitions. Assunta Nicolini is one such volunteer, and her discussions with visitors to our current exhibition, No Turning Back, have got her thinking about a number of issues that she… Read more

  • Partition, 70 years on – the MMP’s annual lecture at the LSE, 22 November 2017

    Ahead of Kishwar Desai’s MMP–LSE lecture on the Partition of India, our projects manager, Andrew Steeds, explores the theme of collective remembering and the differences it can make to those who lived through traumatic events. Read more

  • Being a young interpreter

    In the third of our series reflecting on the experience of running workshops with young people and schoolchildren, Sarah Crafter (The Open University) and Humera Iqbal (University College London) talk about a project that has as its focus young people and children who act as interpreters for their parents and families – and how this focus… Read more

  • Hands-on multiculturalism: learning about everyday diversity in urban England

    As Britain’s cities, towns and countryside become more ethnically diverse, it is important that issues of diversity and multiculture are taught in relevant and sensitive ways. In this blog, Katy Bennett and Giles Mohan reflect on their teaching workshop at the Migration Museum Project’s Call Me By My Name exhibition last year and on the… Read more

  • How did we get to here from there?

    The last day of our previous exhibition, Call Me By My Name: Stories from Calais and beyond, was Sunday 20 August; the dismantling and de-installing of the exhibition started the next day and was completed in a matter of days. Exactly one calendar month later our new exhibition, No Turning Back: Seven migration moments that… Read more

  • Home, 2010 and 2017

    In 2010, Simon James took a series of photographs for an exhibition which he called Home, 2010. This was a series of portraits with handwritten answers to a questionnaire alongside the photos. The questionnaire asked the subjects of their photos a series of factual questions –name, home town, nationality, part of London they lived in,… Read more

  • How long, o Lord, how long?

    How long do you have to live somewhere before you are accepted as belonging there? A friend moved to a village in Devon 30 years ago and is now leader of the parish council. But she regularly finds her proposals or decisions challenged by another council member, who invariably begins his sarcastic intervention, ‘Well, as… Read more

  • The new “respectable racism” needs to be challenged more

    A new exhibition has opened in Roast restaurant in London’s Borough Market, founded by a distinguished friend – and generous supporter – of the Migration Museum Project, Iqbal Wahhab. Here Iqbal talks about the circumstances that provided the unfortunate inspiration for the exhibition. No one really knows what’s going to happen post-Brexit. But we do… Read more

  • No Turning Back – diverging paths in Britain’s migration history

    Standing at a crossroads What have been the pivotal moments, the forks in the road, the lines in the sand in the history of migration in this country? And was the referendum on 23 June 2016 one of those moments? The pivotal moments in a person’s, or a country’s, life are always compelling hooks to… Read more

  • Open call for refugee and migrant artists

    We are inviting refugee or migrant artists to apply for the opportunity to work in an art studio as part of our upcoming Room to Breathe exhibition for a period of three weeks to one month in spring 2019. The artist will use the space to display previous work, create new work around the theme of resilience, and then participate in a group show at the end of the main exhibition in July.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • Southwark pop-up Migration Museum

    We are running a pop-up museum in London Bridge from Monday 12 March until Friday 16 March showcasing highlights from our current and previous exhibitions, a selection of Southwark migration stories and a range of interactive activities. Read more

  • Migration Museum Project wins 3FF award

    The Migration Museum Project (MMP) has received an award for specialised services at the Three Faith Forum’s (3FF) 2017 awards for London’s faith and belief communities. Read more

  • OCR competition prize announced: NYC trip in 2018

    We are excited to announce that the winning school team in our OCR Moving Stories competition will win a trip to New York City in summer 2018. Read more

  • Mayor of London Sadiq Khan supports Migration Museum Project

    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has given his support to the Migration Museum Project’s aim to create a permanent Migration Museum for Britain. 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

  • 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

  • George Alagiah at the launch of Migration Museum at The Workshop

    BBC newsreader and journalist George Alagiah, one of our Distinguished Friends, spoke at the launch of the Migration Museum at The Workshop in May 2017. Read more

  • Migration Museum at The Workshop Launch

    Highlights of the launch party for our Migration Museum at The Workshop. Read more

  • Call me by my name – Curator’s insights

    Curator Sue McAlpine takes us behind the scenes to explain the objectives and approach to the Migration Museum Project’s exhibition Call me by name: stories from Calais and beyond. 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

  • Michael Rosen on The Languages of Migration

    Michael Rosen speaking in a thoughtful pose, gesturing with one hand, holding his notes in the other

    Audio podcast and transcript of Michael Rosen’s The Languages of Migration talk for the Migration Museum Project – London School of Economics inaugural annual Public Lecture. Read more