About the exhibition

UPDATE ON 3 JULY 2020:  The Migration Museum aims to reopen in autumn 2020 with the launch of our new exhibition, Departures, exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain.

We sincerely look forward to welcoming each and every one of you back to the Migration Museum as soon as we can. In the meantime, we are creating our first major digital exhibition, Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS, exploring the personal stories and experiences of people who have come to Britain to work for the health service over the past 72 years. We are also developing a programme of community activities. We will be announcing more details on both of these soon and will provide further updates on reopening as soon as we can. Read our full statement on reopening

Dates: 14 February 2020–Autumn 2020

Venue: Migration Museum, Lewisham Shopping Centre, London SE13 7HB

Admission: Free

The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years, a physical and metaphorical barrier between Eastern and Western Europe, a division between cultures and political systems, the embodiment of the enforced separation of a people. It is a monument to living history and is still relevant to our lives today.

This work, drawn directly onto two pieces of the Berlin Wall by artists STIK and Thierry Noir, sends a powerful message about how we as individuals can maintain connections across borders, walls and barriers. Walls can be built to keep people in or out but eventually walls are pulled down by the power of the people.

These figures represent everything we do at the Migration Museum: providing a space for dialogue and reflection across divides and for finding what we have in common. They are guardians ‘protecting’ our space and act as a symbol of friendship to all without exception.