Migration Museum Project secures exhibition space - Museums Association

Migration Museum Project secures exhibition space

Venue in south London will be used for exhibitions and events
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The Migration Museum Project, an organisation set up to make the case for a permanent migration museum in Britain, has secured an exhibition space in Lambeth, south London for nine months.  

From 26 April the project will start hosting events, exhibitions and education workshops in the events space Workshop – part of a building leased by developer U + 1, which is currently seeking planning permission to redevelop the site.

The venue will open with the exhibition Call Me by My Name: Stories from Calais and Beyond, which was put on for the first time at the Londonnewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch last year, and features works by artists, former residents of the Calais camp and aid workers. This will be followed by exhibitions looking at migrants’ objects and memories and key historical events relating to migration.

“Having a vibrant central London venue will expand audience reach, deepen links with community groups and schools, gather feedback and showcase our vision,” said Sophie Henderson, the director of the Migration Museum Project.

The Migration Museum Project also plans to establish a Migration Museums Network, which will look at how migration is represented by cultural institutions, and allow museums to share best practice.

The network will be developed based on a survey exploring how migration and related themes are covered by cultural organisations across the UK. The survey closes on 28 April and the findings will be shared at events in London and Newcastle towards the end of the year.

The network, launched in December, has received funding from Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for its first year. 

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