UPDATE ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2020: The Migration Museum is reopening to visitors from Friday 23 October 2020 onwards. We will initially be reopening three days a week – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am–5pm. We regret that we will not be able to accommodate group or education visits until 2021.

Our expert education team have created and developed a programme that engages students in the core themes of migration, identity and belonging, in order to foster an understanding of how migration has shaped us both as individuals and as a nation. We also offer flexible and practical training for teachers and educators, highlighting the ways in which teachers across multiple subjects can integrate the topic of migration in their work to the benefit of their students, we are also available for online or in-school sessions, and are continuing to add brilliant resources to our website.

Find out more about our reopening arrangements and the measures we’ve taken to keep visitors, volunteers and staff safe.

Visit our brand new digital exhibition Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS 

To find out more please email our Education Manager, Liberty Melly:, or sign up to our Education Mailing List.

  • Jewish migration to Manchester in the late 1800s (BBC Bitesize)

    October 25, 2020 @ 7:19 am

    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

  • The Irish migrants who moved to Liverpool in the Industrial Revolution (BBC Bitesize)

    October 25, 2020 @ 7:19 am

    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

  • How British migrants made fortunes working for the East India Company (BBC Bitesize)

    October 25, 2020 @ 7:19 am

    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

  • The story of British indentured workers emigrating to America (BBC Bitesize)

    October 25, 2020 @ 7:19 am

    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.

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  • Beyond Banglatown

    Brick Lane has been described by many as the ‘heartland’ of the Bangladeshi community in Britain, representing five decades of the struggle to belong and be recognised as part of the global city of London and the wider multicultural nation. Perhaps the most visible testament to this presence is ‘Banglatown’ – the short stretch of Bangladeshi-owned… Read more

  • Where are you from?

    It can be a struggle to answer the inevitable question: ‘Where are you from?’ when you’re not quite sure. A young woman of mixed heritage searches for an answer by looking back over three generations of her family. Documents, family stories and of course the British staple of tea and biscuits help her figure out… Read more

  • Talking About Race

    Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. This resource has been created by the Smithsonian for educators to help with opening a discussion about race. It looks at the historical foundations of race, being anti-racist and building a community, as well as providing the tools and guidance to explore this topic whether you are teaching… Read more

  • Migration Museum embarks on collaborative residency with King’s College London’s Arts and Humanities Research Institute

    The Migration Museum is embarking on a six-month collaborative residency with Kings College London’s (KCL) Arts and Humanities Research Institute (AHRI). Read more

  • Planning your education visit

    All the information you need to plan an educational visit to the Migration Museum Read more

  • Migration Museum and OCR announce return of Moving Stories competition

    We have teamed up with exam board OCR to re-launch Moving Stories, a national competition for History GCSE students who are studying OCR’s module on ‘Migration to Britain’ in 2019/20. Read more