About our project

The Migration Museum Project is shining a light on the many ways that the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are –as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. We are doing this through the creation of an inspiring national Migration Museum, a far-reaching nationwide education programme,  and a knowledge-sharing network of museums and galleries across the UK.

We have staged an acclaimed series of events, exhibitions and education workshops at venues across the UK since 2013, shedding light on the central role that migration has played in making us who we are today – as individuals, as communities and as a nation – and helping us to hone our strategy and receive input and feedback from individuals and communities as we work towards our goals. Our exhibitions and events have been attended by over 170,000 visitors, while more than 7,500 school and university students have participated in our education workshops.

We opened the Migration Museum at The Workshop in London in April 2017, building on our previous work and providing a showcase for the permanent Migration Museum for Britain that we are creating. Being based at a central London venue until at least September 2019 is enabling us to stage a varied programme of exhibitions, events and workshops, raise our profile, expand audience reach, deepen links with community groups and schools, and test ideas for our permanent museum.

We also convened an Arts Council England-funded Migration Museums Network in 2017, bringing together heritage-sector organisations across Britain to share knowledge and best practice, with the aim of increasing and improving outputs related to migration across the UK heritage sector.

The Migration Museum Project has secured the support of a wide range of distinguished friends – high-profile supporters who back our vision and ambitions. Our team and trustees encompass individuals with a diverse range of experience and expertise – all of whom share a passion for telling Britain’s migration stories in a dedicated national museum. We have brought together an Education Committee from a range of relevant backgrounds who guide and support our learning work, and have convened a high-powered steering committee for our Migration Museums Network.

We have received funding and support from a range of academic, arts, charitable and corporate organisations and trusts over the past four years, including: Alfred Caplin Charity Settlement, Arts Council England, The Baring Foundation, City Bridge Trust, Doris Pacey Charitable Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Hogan Lovells, Kohn Foundation, Londonewcastle, Migration Foundation, Nadir Dinshaw Charitable Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Rayne Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, The Schroder Foundation, Sigrid Rausing Trust, U+I, UBS and Unbound Philanthropy.

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In our brochure above, you will find a detailed account of what we have achieved in the first four years of our existence and our plans for the future. The website contains a record of all the events, activities and exhibitions that we have organised so far. You will also find opportunities to get involved with and contribute to our work, provide feedback on what we are doing, and to support us in our aims.