London’s Migration Museum relocates to Lewisham Shopping Centre

The museum, which was formerly housed at The Workshop in Lambeth, is reopening in a new space in February

Room to Breathe, an immersive exhibition at the Migration Museum (Photo: Elzbieta Piakacz/Migration Museum)

BRITAIN’S FIRST museum dedicated to exploring how the movement of people to and from the UK across the ages has shaped who we are is opening at a new venue in the heart of south London.

The Migration Museum is moving to Lewisham shopping centre on Friday, February 14, 2020.

It follows a two-and-a-half-year residency at The Workshop in Lambeth.

A dynamic series of exhibitions, events and education workshops will be staged at the new location – Unit 11 in Lewisham Shopping Centre, SE13 7HB.

“As a new museum, we’re constantly asking ourselves how we can make what we do more accessible, breaking down barriers and reaching wider audiences. Which is why we’re so excited to be opening our new venue in the heart of a busy shopping centre in one of London’s most dynamic and diverse boroughs,” says Sophie Henderson, director of the Migration Museum.

Humanae by Angelica Dass, opening at the Migration Museum in February 2020 (Photo: Migration Museum)

Highlights from the Migration Museum’s 2020 programme include:

  • Room to Breathe, an immersive exhibition inviting visitors on a journey through a series of rooms in which hundreds of personal stories from new arrivals to Britain are brought to life in creative and unexpected ways.
  • Departures, a major new exhibition exploring 400 years of emigration stories from Britain to coincide with the anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to North America.
  • Humanæ, a participatory project by artist Angélica Dass documenting every human skin tone through portrait photographs.

The museum’s 2020 calendar also includes a wide range of events, from stand-up comedy to art workshops, football tournaments and temporary exhibitions exploring the impact of migration on sport and music.

The news of the move comes against the backdrop of a polarised public and political debate about immigration, identity and Britain’s relationship with the rest of the world, and with museums and cultural institutions seeking to ensure relevance and accessibility to all.

Henderson said: “The Migration Museum in Lewisham will have something for everyone – whether you live locally or further afield, identify as an immigrant or trace your family roots in Britain back many generations. After all, if you peel back the layers of anyone’s family history in Britain, you will find stories of movement and migration.

“We will provide a space for exploration, discussion and reflection on highly relevant themes that go to the heart of who we all are – as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. Come and visit us, share your story and explore how it connects with the bigger picture.”

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