Since 2013 we have worked with over 12,000 primary, secondary, college and university students through our workshops, collaborations and activities. 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 welcome educational groups from Year 6 and above to our new home in the heart of Lewisham Shopping Centre. To find out more or to make a booking enquiry, please see our Planning Your Education Visit page.

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)

    February 28, 2020 @ 10:49 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)

    February 28, 2020 @ 10:49 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)

    February 28, 2020 @ 10:49 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)

    February 28, 2020 @ 10:49 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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Education funders

  • Patterns of Migration – Spitalfields (OCR History GCSE)

    A free-to-download history of migration to Spitalfields written by our education committee member Martin Spafford for the OCR A ‘Migration to Britain’ GCSE course. Read more

  • No Turning Back – schools resources

    A range of self-directed activities for school trips to the exhibition, encompassing KS3 and KS4 resources co-designed with teachers for before your visit and to follow up in the classroom afterwards. Read more

  • Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

    A scheme of work across five lessons supporting the English Language assessment objectives for GCSE. Follow English teacher Hassan, from Syria, as he leaves his war-torn country and attempts to travel to the UK. Using phone cameras, interviews and voiceover, the BBC documentary series shines a light on the untold story of the migrant crisis.… Read more

  • Planning your education visit

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

  • Teachers’ and Lecturers’ Evening

    Join us for a special education private view and tour of our new museum in Lewisham Shopping Centre for teachers, lecturers and educators. Read more