No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain

About the exhibition

Not currently on display.
Previous display: 20 September 2017 – 9 September 2018, Migration Museum at The Workshop

The EU referendum result and ongoing Brexit negotiations have sparked debate about Britain’s relationship with the world and uncertainty about migration to and from Britain.

But Brexit is far from the first pivotal migration moment in Britain’s migration history. This exhibition explores seven such turning points. Some brought people together, others moved people apart; all had a profound effect on individuals who lived through them – and on the country as a whole.

Each moment is explored thematically through a combination of art, photography and personal stories.

These seven moments are not the only ones we could have chosen, nor are we using them to trace the entire history of migration to and from Britain.

We present these moments as starting points for you to explore themes about migration. We want to encourage conversations and hear your stories.

What’s your migration moment?


Press coverage

No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain has been featured by a wide range of media outlets, including BBC Culture, BBC World Service, Newsweek, Time Out, Londonist, Huffington Post and CNN.

Click here for a full list of press coverage of the exhibition and the Migration Museum Project.



The Migration Museum Project would like to thank all contributors, donors and volunteers for their generous support and involvement in this exhibition.

Artists and Photographers

Adam Dant, Alex Daw, Andy Barter, Angélica Dass, Déirdre Kelly, Empathy Museum, Hormazd Narielwalla, Leyla Reynolds, Linh Vu, Liz Gerard, Majid Adin, Malgosia Stepnik, Martin Rowson, Nick Ellwood and Kamal Kaan, Rob Pinney, Rock Against Racism contributors (Andy Dark, Caroline Coon, Darla Jane Gilroy, David King, John Angus, Kate Webb, Lucy Whitman, Red Saunders, Richard Lees, Rick Fawcett, Ruth Gregory, Virginia Turbett, Wayne Minter), Roman Lokati, Shao-Jie Lin, The Singh Twins, Verity Newman


Ahmad al-Rashid, Almas Mir, Cai Martinez, Clive Bayley, Dame Stephanie Shirley, Feli Martinez, Krishna P Adhikari, Linh Vu, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Martin Spafford, Michelle Johansen, Nivi Manchanda, Rozina Visram, Tom Lewis


Anthea Gordon, Anya Edmond, Korantema Anyimadu, Koto Akiyoshi, OPM Group (Fanny Goterfelt, Helen Lewandowski, Matthew Reynolds, Mel Ronca, Myles Wilson, Sheila Pardoe, Tim Bidey), Shirin Zaid, Sofia Benitez, Tanya Costa, Yosola Olorunshola


Abigail Morris and Kathrin Pieren, Jewish Museum; Anna Pincus; Dr. Chamion Caballero; Charlie de Wet, Huguenots of Spitalfields; Counterpoints Arts; Dinah Winch, Huguenot Museum; Giles Mohan; Martin Spafford; Robert Winder; Sophie Henderson; Tendayi Bloom; Umut Erel


Liam Hayhow


Bill Bingham; Chris Baxter; Marek Gajewski; Martin Cottis; Nick Sutton; Tomasz Przybyszewski

Design Director

Roland Williams


Manasi Pophale, Sonia Kneepkens, Tracey Taylor


Aditi Anand, Sue McAlpine


Matt Plowright, Robert Winder


Andrew Steeds, Liberty Melly


Emily Miller, Liberty Melly


Georgina Lewis


With thanks to:

Autograph ABP; Alex Mena, Humanae Project; Bradley Lincoln, Mix-d; Chris Baxter; Daniel Rachel; Eithne Nightingale; Emma Reay; Fiona Atkins; Jim Davies, British Airways Heritage Centre; Jonathan Wittenberg; Josephine Burton, Dash Arts; Lottie Boumeester; Mandy J Wise, UCL Library Services, Special Collections; Penny Brook, British Library; Robert Tombs; Ruth Byrne; Stefan Dickers, Bishopsgate Institute; Susheila Nasta; Tony Kushner; Westminster Reference Library; Yale Center for British Art


This exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England, The Open University, Aziz Foundation and all walkers who raised funds for Imprints, our 2016 fundraising walk.