Migration Network

The Migration Network is a knowledge-sharing network bringing together organisations from across the UK heritage sector and beyond. 

The Network aims to facilitate dialogue and increase confidence about working on migration themes, share knowledge and examples of best practice and to highlight hidden or lesser-explored stories across collections.

Much has changed in the last few months. Many museums and heritage sites are facing significant financial difficulties. There have also been widespread protests in the UK and beyond in response to racist killings and discrimination. These protests occur against the backdrop of the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on migrants and people of colour. Much of this context intersects with migration and related themes. We hope that the Network and its activities can be a forum for organisations and individuals to come together and interrogate our role at this time.


We are staging a series of regionally focused events with partners across the UK in 2020 and 2021. These events are open to all and aim to bring people together to share best practice and learn from each other. Given the pandemic, our events planned for 2020 will be online. We are hoping that the 2021 events might take place ‘live’. We will keep updating this page with dates and venues etc. Please fill in the brief Google Form below to keep updated by email.

North-West: Thursday 1 October 2020 – with Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool – online
North-East and Yorkshire: Tuesday 26 January 2021 – with Discovery Museum, Newcastle – online
South-West and Wales: February 2021 – with M Shed, Bristol
Midlands: Spring 2021 – with University of Warwick, Coventry
Scotland: Spring/Summer 2021 – Glasgow (partner/venue TBC)
London and South-East: Summer 2021 – London (partner/venue TBC)

Expression of Interest Form

Migration and Museums – a review for the Migration Network 2020/21

The Migration Museum commissioned a review in late 2018 to provide an overview of migration-related work being undertaken by museums and heritage sites nationally, to explore some of the motivations for the museum sector to address migration and the challenges faced in doing so, and to provide an initial basis and context for participants in the Migration Network to explore further.

This review was intended as a helpful starting point for further discussion and exploration, not as a definitive survey or study – and recent developments have likely significantly altered both the context and motivations for the sector and its capacity to respond.

Nevertheless, we hope that this review can serve as a useful overview and a starting point for further discussion and exploration via the Migration Network in 2020/1. We very much welcome your contributions and feedback on the review and look forward to discussing some of the themes it contains with you at our Network regional meetings.


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If you would like a higher-res version, please email us at: network@migrationmuseum.org.

About the Migration Network

The Migration Network is coordinated by the Migration Museum and advised by the following group of dedicated founding partners who meet regularly:

  COMPAS (The University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society)
–   Counterpoints Arts
–   Horniman Museum and Gardens
–   Museums Association
–   National Museums Liverpool
–   National Trust
–   Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

The Network is funded by the Art Fund and COMPAS.