Somewhat appropriately, London’s new Migration Museum has been forced to set up a temporary base in the capital while it seeks a permanent home.
The museum, which opened yesterday, is currently occupying an old London Fire Brigade vehicle workshop rent-free until the site is redeveloped.
The project’s Director, Sophie Henderson, said she hopes to find a long-term site by the Thames since the river has been pivotal in London’s migration story.
The Migration Museum Project has been active since 2013, staging events, exhibitions and education workshops all over the UK. Its core mission is to further knowledge and appreciation of how migration has shaped Britain throughout its history.
Having a presence in London is believed to be key to raising the profile of the project and attracting significant funding and sponsorship.
The museum has opened with two exhibitions: One Hundred Images of Migration and Call Me By My Name.
One Hundred Images of Migration charts the history of immigration since Victorian times through compelling amateur and professional photographs. Call Me By My Name is a multimedia exhibition that shares the stories and celebrates the creativity of those who experienced the now-demolished Calais camp.
A third exhibition, ‘Keepsakes’, opens in late May and focuses on personal objects that perpetuate the memories of migration and identity.
And, in a true spirit of welcome, entry to the museum is free.
Image of children in Hackney’s Cazenove Road © Christian Sinibaldi