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Our Migration Story

This website draws on the research of over 60 historians based in universities and historical institutions and presents the often untold stories of the generations of migrants who came to and shaped the British Isles.

While this website is primarily designed to support teachers and students studying migration to Britain, its aim is to be a useful resource for anyone interested in Britain’s migration history.

It’s organised through stories of individuals and groups drawing on a diverse range of historical source material and in four time-period categories: AD43-15001500-17501750-19001900-2000s. The varied sources present the successes, challenges, obstacles and surprises faced by Britain’s migrants over more than a thousand years.

England’s Immigrants 1330 – 1550

Various sets of introductory powerpoints produced for primary and secondary pupils by teachers as part of the teacher scholar programme hosted by University of York and the National Archives. These lessons introduce pupils to the results of the research project into medieval immigration using extensive government records from the time.

No Turning Back – schools resources

Our 2017-2018 exhibition No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments That Changed Britain focused on seven pivotal moments when migration shaped the history of Britain.

We coordinated a range of workshops for schools. Below you will find KS3 and KS4 resources co-designed with teachers. Browse the keywords to see if the 7 moments we covered fit with your curriculum and take a look.