Four hundred years ago all manner of children, teenagers, and young men and women, mainly from the poorest families, were sent, often against their will, to board ships leaving from Bristol across the Irish Sea, and into the Atlantic Ocean.
European powers started trading with India from the early 1500s. At first, all British trade was dominated by the London based East India Company, which was granted the monopoly on trade with India in 1600. Over the following 200 years the company became increasingly prominent in the European trading routes with India. Read more
During the 1800s tens of thousands of poor Irish labourers and their families left Ireland to find work in Britain during the Industrial Revolution. Large numbers came to, and settled in, Liverpool, and faced terrible conditions. Cholera and other diseases spread and their arrival eventually promoted the beginning of the British public health system. Read more
Historian and Migration Museum Trustee David Olusoga visits Manchester, which along with the other industrial manufacturing towns surrounding it, acted as a magnet for waves of economic migrants from all over the world. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, 30,000 Jewish migrants from Russia and Eastern Europe settled in Manchester. Olusoga meets Janice Haber… Read more