About the Migration Museum
UPDATE ON 3 JULY 2020: The Migration Museum aims to reopen in autumn 2020 with the launch of our new exhibition, Departures, exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain.
We sincerely look forward to welcoming each and every one of you back to the Migration Museum as soon as we can. In the meantime, we are creating our first major digital exhibition, Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS, exploring the personal stories and experiences of people who have come to Britain to work for the health service over the past 72 years. We are also developing a programme of community activities. We will be announcing more details on both of these soon and will provide further updates on reopening as soon as we can. Read our full statement on reopening.
The Migration Museum 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, exploring the central role that migration has played in making us who we are today – as individuals, as communities and as a nation. Our exhibitions and events have been attended by over 170,000 visitors, while more than 12,000 school and university students have participated in our education workshops.
The Migration Museum is currently based in Lewisham Shopping Centre, where we are staging a varied programme of exhibitions, events and education workshops from our venue in the heart of a busy south London shopping centre in 2020/1.
Between April 2017 and November 2019, we were based at the Migration Museum at The Workshop in Lambeth, a temporary venue, now closed to the public. Being based at a central London venue for two and a half years enabled us to provide a showcase for the permanent Migration Museum for Britain that we are creating, 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 encouraging outputs related to migration across the UK heritage sector. We are reconvening a larger-scale Migration Network in 2020/1 and will be staging a series of knowledge-sharing events focused on regions across the country. More details to follow soon.
The Migration Museum 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 Network.
We have received funding and support from a range of academic, arts, charitable and corporate organisations and trusts, including: Allianz Global Investors, 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, Trust for London, U+I, UBS and Unbound Philanthropy.
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The brochure above, published in 2017, contains detailed account of what we achieved in the first four years of our existence and our plans for the future. Our 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 and future plans.