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Migration Museum Late – History, Historians and the Immigration Debate: Going Back to Where We Came From


Feb 28, 2019 - Feb 28, 2019


Migration Museum at The Workshop,
26 Lambeth High Street,
London, SE1 7AG


Thursday 28 February 2019 | 6.30pm–8pm
Migration Museum at The Workshop
26 Lambeth High Street, London, SE1 7AG
Free – please register via Eventbrite

For our Migration Museum Late on Thursday 28 February, Eureka Henrich and Julian M. Simpson are delighted to invite you to the launch of their edited volume, History, Historians and the Immigration Debate: Going Back to Where We Came From.

This book is a response to the binary thinking and misuse of history that characterise contemporary immigration debates. Subverting the traditional injunction directed at migrants to ‘go back to where they came from’, it highlights the importance of the past to contemporary discussions around migration and makes the case for historians to assert themselves more confidently as expert commentators, offering a reflection on how we write migration history today and the forms it might take in the future.

Join Eureka and Julian for drinks, nibbles and speeches, after which you will have the opportunity to chat to the authors, purchase the book at a discounted rate, and take in the Migration Museum’s acclaimed exhibition, Room to Breathe.

Admission is free – please register via Eventbrite

About the editors:

Eureka Henrich is a Research Fellow in Conflict, Memory and Legacy at the University of Hertfordshire and an Honorary Associate of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London. Her work explores histories of migration, health, heritage and memory in Australian and transnational contexts. Her publications include ‘Museums, History and Migration in Australia’, History Compass 11/10 (2013): 783-800, and ‘Mobility, Migration and Modern Memory’ in The Past in the Present: History, Memory and Public Life (Routledge, 2018).

Julian M. Simpson is an independent researcher and writer based in the North of England. He has published widely on the history of migration and the relationship between history and policy. He is the author of Migrant Architects of the NHS: South Asian doctors and the reinvention of British general practice (1940s-1980s) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018).