Departures Exhibition Launch - Migration Museum

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The Migration Museum is reopening with a new immersive exhibition, Departures - exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain.

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British emigration has been one of the largest movements of people in modern history. Tens of millions of people have left the British Isles over the past 400 years.

Today, some 75 million people across the world self-identify as having British ancestry, greater than the population of the UK itself. But while immigration dominates headlines and debates, Britain’s emigration story is often overlooked.

Why is this? Who are the many millions who have departed these shores and why did they go? Can exploring the motivations of those who leave help us better understand the motivations of people who arrive? What impact has this mass movement had on the world – and on Britain?

Join us at 7.30pm - 8.30pm on Thursday 29th October for the Departures virtual launch, hosted by George Alagiah, BBC News presenter, author and distinguished friend of the Migration Museum.


  • An introduction to the exhibition with curator and Head of Creative Content at the Migration, Aditi Anand.
  • Award-winning animator Osbert Parker on the challenges of capturing 400 years of emigration in just 10 minutes
  • Exhibition contributors journalist Hannah Ajala & sociologist Michaela Benson discussing the many Brits who have left the UK in search of the good life.
  • A selection of other contributors to the exhibition sending their messages from Australia, the USA and more.
  • Q&A with members of the Migration Museum team

We hope you can join us and raise a glass to putting this lesser-told migration story at centre stage.

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The Migration Museum  is shining a light on the many ways that the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are –as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. We are doing this through the creation of an inspiring national Migration Museum, a far-reaching nationwide education programme,  and a knowledge-sharing network of museums and galleries across the UK. 

We are currently based at a venue in the heart of Lewisham Shopping Centre, south London. 

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