Migration Museum opens in Lewisham Shopping Centre

By Rosemary Collins, 17 February 2020 - 2:34pm

Britain's first museum dedicated to migration opened at a new venue on 14 February 2020, with a new programme of exhibitions

Migration Museum opens Lewisham Shopping Centre
The Migration Museum's official opening (Credit: Migration Museum)

Britain’s first Migration Museum is now open in a new venue in a South London shopping centre.

The Migration Museum opened its doors in Unit 11 in Lewisham Shopping Centre on 14 February, with over 2000 people visitin over the first three days.

It describes itself as “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”.

Sophie Henderson, director of the Migration Museum, said: “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.”

Migration Museum Humanae Angelica Dass
The photo project Humanæ by Angélica Dass documents every human skin tone (Credit: Migration Museum) 

The Museum’s first exhibitions are 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; and Humanæ, a participatory project by artist Angélica Dass documenting every human skin tone through portrait photographs.

On display outside the entrance is Wall, a large-scale work by street artists STIK and Thierry Noir drawn directly onto two original pieces of the Berlin Wall.

Migration Museum Berlin Wall
A new sculpture by STIK and Thierry Noir uses pieces of the Berlin Wall (Credit: Migration Museum)

April will see the opening of 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.

The Migration Museum was founded in 2013, when it staged a series of pop-up exhibitions and events around the UK.

From 2017 to 2019 it was based in The Workshop, a temporary venue in Lambeth.

The Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm.

 

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