Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS Digital Exhibition

Produced by: Migration Museum

Subject: Art Citizenship English Geography History Literacy PSHE

Topics/keywords: Archive Asylum Asylum seeker Asylum seekers Black migration Caribbean immigration Citizenship Colonies Diaspora Discrimination Discussion Diversity Empire EU GCSE Geography History Huguenots Humanitarian response Immigration Industrial Irish Irish immigration Jewish immigration Jewish migration Jews London Long history of immigration Manchester Asian immigration South Asian migration

Age range: KS5 (ages 16–18) KS3 (ages 11–14) KS4 (ages 14–16)


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.