Resource bank

Planning to teach a lesson or unit on migration, immigration, emigration, multiculturalism or cultural diversity? Looking for good resources to support you? Short on time? Overwhelmed by the amount available out there and reluctant to start from scratch? We are here to help! We have searched widely and selected some of the best resources and useful websites on these themes. Use our simple search boxes to locate the right resource for you and your pupils. Please review any you’ve used and email us to recommend any others at: liberty@migrationmuseum.org.

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  • Taking Care of Business: Exhibition Guide for Educators

    Produced byMigration Museum
    SubjectCitizenship, Design, English, Geography, History, PSHE, Travel
    Topics/keywordsBusiness, Economic migration, Entrepreneurs
    Age rangeKS1 (ages 5–7), KS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryAn exhibition guide to help you get the most of Taking Care of Business when visiting with your students. Read more
    Description

    This exhibition guide is designed to help you get to know the exhibition, where best to look to discover stories that relate to your learning goals. We have identified historical examples that will ground your students learning in the context of the long story of migration to and from Britain. We have highlighted the stories most suitable for primary students and explained how to make the most of your time with us.

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  • British Ugandan Asians at 50

    Produced byParesh Solanki, British Ugandan Asians at 50
    SubjectHistory
    Topics/keywordsAsian, Expellee, Expulsion, Gujarati, Punjabi, Resettlement, Uganda, Ugandan Asians, Volunteers, Wecolm
    Age rangeKS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryFilmed oral histories with former residents of resettlement camps set up by the Uganda Resettlement Board in 1972/3, to accommodate homeless Ugandan Asians expelled by Idi Amin. Also interviewed are those who volunteered at the camps to make life more comfortable for the expellees in those critical early months. Read more
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    In August 1972, Ugandan dictator General Idi Amin served 90 days’ notice on around 70,000 Asians to leave Uganda. Each family was permitted to take only £55 and one suitcase per individual. 28,200 of these who held British passports were admitted to the UK. The then government set up the Uganda Resettlement Board to assist the expellees to find permanent homes, jobs and school places. Sixteen temporary resettlement camps around the country were set up and staffed in just six weeks. Charities, faith groups, campaigning organisations and private individuals in their thousands stepped forward to provide much needed support in those critical early months. This extraordinary feat of cooperation has strong contemporary relevance. Fifty years on, British Ugandan Asians have excelled in many fields from business and finance to politics, science, and the arts. British Ugandan Asians at 50 is a programme of the India Overseas Trust. We have received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to record, on film, the oral histories of people who were involved in the camps as residents, volunteers or paid staff. We have focused on three of the Board’s resettlement camps: Tonfanau in Wales, Stradishall in Suffolk and Heathfield in Devon.

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  • Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS

    Produced byMigration Museum
    SubjectArt, Citizenship, Geography, History, PSHE, Travel
    Topics/keywordsContemporary Migration, History, Medicine, NHS, Post-war migration, windrush
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryThe NHS is close to all of our hearts – now more than ever. From the very beginning, people have come to Britain from all over the world to make this grand vision for a better society a reality. The NHS would not have become the beloved institution it is today without its international workers.… Read more
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    The NHS is close to all of our hearts – now more than ever. From the very beginning, people have come to Britain from all over the world to make this grand vision for a better society a reality. The NHS would not have become the beloved institution it is today without its international workers. But their vital role has largely been ignored.

    Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS  is a digital exhibition that puts this vital story at centre stage through oral histories and archival materials, as well as art, animations and data visualisations. 

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  • Departures: Understanding Emigration

    Produced byMigration Museum and David Cox
    SubjectGeography, History
    Topics/keywordschild migrant schemes, child migration, colonisation, emigration, Empire, Forced migration, windrush
    Age rangeKS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryThis free, in-depth resource pack shines a spotlight on 400 years of British emigration – one of the largest movements of people in modern history, yet a history that is often overlooked. This resource pack will be helpful to any student studying the impact of emigration from Britain; both on the countries people emigrated to, and on Britain itself. However, the resource pack is designed specifically for Key Stage 4 students studying GCSE History: AQA's ‘Migration, Empires and the Peoples’ unit. The pack has been designed with input from AQA teachers and the board's History subject advisor. Read more
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    This free, in-depth resource pack shines a spotlight on 400 years of British emigration – one of the largest movements of people in modern history, yet a history that is often overlooked. 

    Who are the many millions who have departed these shores and why did they go? Can exploring their motivations help us better understand the motivations of people who arrive? What impact has this mass movement had on the world – and on Britain? Our resource pack features stories spanning four centuries – from Mayflower Pilgrims to Welsh emigrants to South America, Child migration schemes to the Windrush scandal.

    This resource pack will be helpful to any student studying the impact of emigration from Britain; both on the countries people emigrated to, and on Britain itself. However, the resource pack is designed specifically for Key Stage 4 students studying GCSE History: AQA's ‘Migration, Empires and the Peoples’ unit. The pack was designed by David Cox and the Migration Museum, with input from AQA teachers and the board's History subject advisor.

    The Departures: Understanding Emigration resource pack accompanies the Migration Museum’s Departures exhibition, but is designed to be used as a stand-alone resource, or in conjunction with a self-guided or facilitated learning visit to the exhibition. To find out more about organising a visit to Departures for your students, please contact our education manager Liberty Melly: liberty@migrationmuseum.org.

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  • Family Tree Activity

    Produced byMigration Museum
    SubjectArt, Citizenship, English, Form time, History
    Topics/keywordsDiversity, emigration, Family History, Family Tree, Generations, Migration, Oral history
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryWe've put together a helpful guide to help you begin to explore your family tree and the stories hidden within, including questions to ask your relatives and a family tree outline to print off and fill in. We have also highlighted some great online resources to help you dig even further. Read more
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    Exploring our family history can help us uncover amazing things about our family and ancestors and these stories often feature migration. Here is a helpful guide to help you begin to explore your family tree and the stories hidden within. How much do you know about your parents, grandparents or relatives? Do you have someone in your family who migrated somewhere? We have created some questions for you to ask your relatives. You will also find a family tree outline to print off and fill in! You can even pin stories, drawings and photos to illustrate it. Fill in the names and draw the connecting lines – or draw your own tree. We have also highlighted some great online resources to help you dig even further. In these times of social isolation, it is more important than ever to reach out to those you can’t see via phone or video chat. And being at home for an extended period of time is a great opportunity to find out more about your family and relatives. Tell us who you got in touch with and what type of technology you used to do it.

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  • Days To Remember

    Produced byHolocaust Memorial Day Trust
    SubjectCitizenship, Geography, History
    Topics/keywordsBosnia, Cambodia, Darfur, Ethnicity, genocide, Germany, Holocaust, Racism, Roma, Rwanda, War
    Age rangeKS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryThis collection of artefacts, historical events and personal stories offers an initial insight, for secondary school students, into the impact of historical genocides. Read more
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    This set of six worksheets introduces secondary school teachers and students to six different genocides through a key date, the experiences of one person, and the story of one artefact. It can also be used in a non-school environment.

    A set of suggested activities are included to help you explore these sheets with your students.

    These worksheets are a flexible learning resource that can be used in a range of ways. They have been designed for use around Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place on 27 January each year. You could also use them as a series throughout the year on or near to the dates featured.

    You might focus on one genocide at a time, or look at more than one worksheet in the same session. You might choose to focus on the featured people and learn about the experiences of survivors of different genocides side by side, or explore the whole collection of artefacts together as if in a museum. You could work with other departments to design a cross-curricular project.

    Produced in partnership with Remembering Srebrenica and Waging Peace, and with thanks to USHMM, the Genocide Archive of Rwanda and featured survivors.

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  • Kindertransport Lesson Plan (Primary)

    Produced byHolocaust Memorial Day Trust
    SubjectCitizenship, History
    Topics/keywordsChildren, genocide, Germany, Holocaust, Kindertransport, Racism, Refugee
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11)
    SummaryThis lesson plan uses the story of one individual, Renie Inow as an access point to the broader story of the Kindertransport (the child refugee service in 1930’s Europe). Read more
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    Renie’s journey – This is a flexible lesson plan aimed at 9–11-year-old learners. Your students will learn about Renie Inow, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport at the age of 10. You will read letters her parents sent her, and learn what the Kindertransport programme was, and why it was needed.

    Students will practise reading, writing and comprehension, as well as being introduced to the history of the Holocaust in an age-appropriate way. This lesson is differentiated throughout for different abilities.

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  • Kindertransport Lesson Plan (Secondary)

    Produced byHolocaust Memorial Day Trust
    SubjectCitizenship, History
    Topics/keywordsChildren, genocide, Germany, Holocaust, Kindertransport, Racism, Refugee
    Age rangeKS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16)
    SummaryThis lesson plan uses the story of Martha Blend and other Kindertransportees to discuss the Kindertransport program and the lives it affected. Read more
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    What happened to the Kindertransport children? – This lesson is suitable for 11–14-year-old students. Through testimony, artefacts and memorials it introduces the history of the Kindertransport – a programme that rescued 10,000 children from the Nazis. It is suitable for use in a range of subjects – such as History, Art and Design, English, RE, PSHE, Citizenship.

    Produced in partnership with The Harwich Kindertransport Memorial and Learning Trust, and with thanks to the BBC and The Wiener Holocaust Library.

    In this lesson, your students will:
    Learn about Kindertransportee Martha Blend and her autograph book
    Hear what happened to arriving children who didn’t have foster families to go to through historic photos and a rare BBC audio recording of the children and young people themselves
    Explore a new memorial currently in construction and hear from the sculptor himself

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  • British Heroes of the Holocaust

    Produced byHolocaust Memorial Day Trust
    SubjectCitizenship, History
    Topics/keywordsAustria, France, genocide, Germany, Greece, Holocaust, Kindertransport, Racism, Refugee
    Age rangeKS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16)
    SummaryThis lesson looks at 6 occasions where British people took action to resist the persecution of Jewish people during the Holocaust. Read more
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    This lesson explores the stories of British people who took risks and showed great courage and determination in order to save the lives of Jewish people during the Holocaust. Each have now been awarded a medal as a ‘British Hero of the Holocaust’ by the UK government.

    This activity would work well for secondary school students (Key stage 3 and 4 or equivalent) with some basic background knowledge of the Nazi persecution of Jews in the 1930s and the Holocaust. It will help them to make the connection between the Holocaust and Britain during the Second World War, and explore the role of rescuers and resisters.

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  • Beyond Banglatown

    Produced byBeyond Banglatown
    SubjectCitizenship, Geography, History, PSHE
    Topics/keywords-
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryBrick Lane has been described by many as the ‘heartland’ of the Bangladeshi community in Britain, representing five decades of the struggle to belong and be recognised as part of the global city of London and the wider multicultural nation. Perhaps the most visible testament to this presence is ‘Banglatown’ – the short stretch of Bangladeshi-owned… Read more
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    Brick Lane has been described by many as the ‘heartland’ of the Bangladeshi community in Britain, representing five decades of the struggle to belong and be recognised as part of the global city of London and the wider multicultural nation. Perhaps the most visible testament to this presence is ‘Banglatown’ – the short stretch of Bangladeshi-owned curry restaurants, cafés and other retail spaces that crowd the southern end of Brick Lane.  The story of Bengali Brick Lane is a lens onto a vibrant but little-known history of the East End, of London, of Britain and its former empire – which is one strand in the tapestry of modern multicultural, post-imperial Britain. It is a story, too, of the street itself, and its iconic place within London and Britain’s history of migration.

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