Migration Museum shortlisted for The Charity Awards 2024 Education and Training

The Migration Museum has been shortlisted for The Charity Awards 2024 Education and Training category, for the work that our incredible learning team do in supporting teachers and learners to have better conversations around migration.

“The Migration Museum is a thought-provoking space, where both global diversity and personal histories can be explored and celebrated. The staff are welcoming, well-informed and inspirational. Our Year Six children felt a sense of belonging at the Migration Museum and have been stimulated to find out more about themes we looked at. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the experience to colleagues, families and children I support. Keep up the fantastic work!” 
– Teacher feedback following an education visit

Moving Stories: Lewisham Competition Finals Event (Photo: Elzbieta Piekacz) and School Visit of Heart of the Nation Pop-Up in Leeds (Photo: Migration Museum)

We are grateful to our education Committee who’ve been a massive support throughout the years including Hannah Cusworth Dr Sundeep Lidher, Martin Spafford, Professor Justin Dillon, Rebecca Sullivan, Sally McCartney, Jenny Blay and Dr Jessica Kempner.

With special thanks to our generous funders whose support makes our education programme and offers possible: Kusuma Trust Uk, Foyle Foundation, The Portal Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation and more!

We’re thrilled to be shortlisted alongside so many other fantastic charities – you can view all of the awards and shortlisted organisations here. The awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday 9 July 2024. Register here to watch online.

Migration Museum receives funding from the Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme

The Migration Museum is delighted to have received funding from the Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme to create a cutting edge new digital footprint.

This funding will enable us to scope and build new digital infrastructure as a key element of our exciting future plans, which encompass digital collections, a network of venues across the UK and a permanent home in the City of London. With this new digital infrastructure, we will expand our reach even further, support ambitious creative and engagement programmes, and develop a comprehensive digital collection, ensuring accessibility for all. 

The Capital Investment Programme supports the Arts Council’s mission to ensure communities across the country have the infrastructure where creativity for everyone can thrive.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: “This infrastructure investment will help a whole range of different cultural organisations across England to flourish, increasing opportunities for people to enjoy creatively excellent cultural events close to where they live. It’s particularly important that we’re making this happen in communities where cultural investment has historically been low”.

Click here to find out more about Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme.

Call Out: Interactive Display Designer for our education and event space

The Migration Museum is looking for an interactive display designer to help us create two interactive displays for our education and events space.

Working with the museum’s learning team, you will design and oversee fabrication of two interactive displays – a migration timeline and a world map – to be used by thousands of students and visitors from September 2024 onwards. 

These displays should be both visually attractive, providing a backdrop for education visits, events and venue hires; and stimulating, helping staff prompt discussions and highlight the vast migration history of the UK.  

Both interactives should be physical as opposed to digital displays. 

We will need the designer to: 

  • Work with the museum’s learning team to incorporate our learning pedagogy into the design of the map and timeline
  • Design the style and user experience of the map and timeline – with both looking coherent and in-line with the rest of the museum 
  • Design durable interactive elements that can withstand use by thousands of people over a number of years
  • Identify and liaise with a fabricator to produce the two pieces, including providing scale drawings and design files

The successful applicant will be paid a design fee of up to £2.5K. There will also be a budget of up to £3.5k to cover fabrication costs.

Please click here to download a full brief with more background information, details and timelines.

How to apply 

Send an initial concept proposal of no more than 3 pages to – including words and images outlining your overall design idea and why it meets the brief. You may also attach a portfolio or examples of your work.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 19 May, 23:59.

Please also complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. These monitoring forms will be stored and assessed separately and will not be linked to your application.

If you have any questions, please email our Head of Learning, Liberty Melly

*We are also offering a 15 minute briefing about the project’s needs and vision, if you would like to arrange this please email Liberty .

Artist Call Out for Inside/Outside and All In Between – a community curated exhibition in Lewisham

Call for artists with a deep connection to Lewisham to submit work around the theme of “Inside/Outside and All In Between” for a community curated exhibition at the Migration Museum 

Are you an artist passionate about delving into the complexities of the migrant experience? We invite you to participate in our upcoming exhibition centred around the theme of Inside/Outside and All In Between.

As migrants, we often find ourselves navigating between the internal journey of identity and belonging (Inside) and the external realities of settlement and integration (Outside). We have private and public selves and conflicts that arise from switching between these identities.      

This exhibition invites artists working in diverse mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, installation and digital art to explore a broad range of perspectives on what it means to navigate the boundaries of inside and outside and explore the contrasts and conflicts of experiencing (and existing in) a world that does not cater to one’s own heritage. 

Inside/Outside And All In Between is the first exhibit in our new Community Space. and the first produced by our newly hired Community Curators. The exhibit will coincide with the launch of All Our Stories, the Migration Museum’s next exhibition in Lewisham, opening in September 2024.

Curators’ statement
Inside/Outside And All In Between delves into the complex dynamics of migration and displacement, exploring the potential conflicts, parallels, blends and transformative journeys between the public and private spheres, between the external and internal dimensions of ‘home’, between outward expression and inner states of being, between memory and imagined self/future, between struggling with and/or embracing a new culture and identity… and much more.

What are we looking for? 
This is an open call to artists, writers, designers, filmmakers and any other creative practitioners with deep connections to Lewisham. We are open to all art forms and welcome proposals from both new creators and established artists. We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone with lived experience of migration.  Solo or group work in any medium is welcome, as well as works that are ready to exhibit.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality of work
  • Critical engagement with theme and broader socio/political themes relating to migration and identity

We encourage everyone to apply. There is no fee for participation, but if you need support to realise your submission, we are happy to discuss and review this on a case by case basis if your submission is shortlisted.

Key Dates
Submission deadline: Friday 31 May 2024 (23:59)
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted once our curators have had a chance to review all applications with details on next steps.

How to apply
Please complete this form to be considered. When prompted, please attach supporting PDF documents (no larger than 10mb). For video/audio tracks creatives should provide a Youtube link.

For PDF submissions please include:

  • Max 300 word statement providing details about yourself and the work submitted.
  • A section including images, sketches, text etc. which showcases your work. For installation pieces this may include specifications on how the work should be displayed in the space. Pieces should be no bigger than 1x1x1 metres.

For audio/visual track submissions please include:

  • Provide a brief statement providing details about yourself and the work submitted.
  • The full track, preferably no longer than 10mins.