Learning resources | Migration

Rethink what you know about migration, explore the reasons why people have moved to the UK and celebrate their contributions to society.

Why people migrate, still from animation. Image courtesy of People's History Museum
Animations

Why people migrate

Why people migrate, still from animation. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

Explore some of the lived experiences of people who have migrated to the UK.

This animation contains descriptions of traumatic migration experiences that some visitors may find distressing. Stories covered include experiences of modern day slavery, seeking asylum on the basis of sexuality, and lived experience of a refugee camp and the resettlement process.

Produced by Hungry Sandwich Club.

Suitable for Key Stage 2+ (ages 7+)

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A refugee's story

A Refugee's Story, still from animation. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

Explore the story of one woman’s experience becoming a refugee in the UK.

This animation contains details of the lived experience of malaria, refugee camps and the resettlement process.

Produced by Hungry Sandwich Club.

Suitable for Key Stage 2+ (ages 7+)

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A story of modern slavery

Still from A story of modern day slavery animation, Migration a human story at People's History Museum. Image (c) Hungry Sandwich

Listen to the story of one woman’s experience of modern slavery in the UK.

This animation contains experiences of modern day slavery, which some viewers may find distressing.

Produced by Hungry Sandwich Club.

With thanks to Hope for Justice. Find out more about their mission to end Modern Slavery on their website: hopeforjustice.org

Suitable for Key Stage 2+ (ages 7+)

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Melina's story

Melina's story, still from animation. Image courtesy of People's History Museum

Meet Melina, who sought asylum in the UK due to facing discrimination based on her sexuality.

This animation contains details of the experience of seeking asylum on the basis of sexuality.

Produced by Hungry Sandwich Club.

Suitable for Key Stage 2+ (ages 7+)

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Blog posts

A rediscovered campaign with resonance today

Campaign Against the Immigration Laws (CAIL) banner, around 1980. Image courtesy of People's History Museum.

In this blog PHM’s Programme Officer Zofia Kufeldt delves into who CAIL (Campaign Against the Immigration Laws) were and the Immigration Act of 1971, which was the impetus behind the campaign, and how it continues to form the basis of the UK’s immigration laws today.

Suitable for Key Stage 3 + (ages 11+)

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Hope for Justice: Working to end modern slavery

From the series Invisible People © Rory Carnegie for National Crime Agency

Read this blog by Adam Hewitt from Hope for Justice who tells us more about what modern slavery is, how the charity helps those affected by modern slavery and how you can look out for the signs. 

Suitable for Key Stage 3+ (ages 11+)

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Illustrating queer migrant journeys

Youcef Hadjazi

Read this blog on artist Youcef Hadjazi’s work, Queer Journeys, where he reflects how he has used his own experiences to creatively and collaboratively explore queer migrant journeys.

Suitable for Key Stage 3+ (ages 11+)

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Online event recordings

Conviction Politics: The Convict Routes of Australian Democracy

Conviction Politics: The Convict Routes of Australian Democracy

November 2021’s Radical Late event saw the launch of the Australian-British digital history project with screenings and a panel discussion exploring the story of radicals and rebels transported as political convicts to Australia.

Suitable for ages 11+

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The origins of Jewish immigration social history

Wed 20 October 2021 – Sun 16 January 2022 @ People's History Museum. Image; Sherman & Co. Shloimy Alman

October 2021’s Radical Late event was on the origins of Jewish immigration social history in Manchester and London.  We heard from experts exploring the everyday life of Jewish immigrant communities.

Suitable for ages 16+

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Exploring Crossings: community and refuge

10 June 2021, Radical Late with People’s History Museum - Exploring Crossings: community and refuge – a British Museum Spotlight Loan. Issam Kourbaj (b. 1963) Dark Water, Burning World, 2016, repurposed bicycle steel mudguards, extinguished matches and clear resin. © Trustees of the British Museum. Reproduced by permission of artist Issam Kourbaj

June 2021’s Radical Late explored the themes of the British Museum’s Spotlight Loan Crossings: community and refuge, which was on display at PHM from May to September 2021.

We heard from Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj about his work Dark Water, Burning Worldalongside guitarist and songwriter Ewan McLennan who performed a collection of his songs including Lampedusa.

Suitable for all ages

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Tape Letters: hidden stories of migration

8 April 2021, Radical Late online: Tape Letters: hidden stories of migration with People's History Museum © Modus Arts

April 2021’s Radical Late was an evening with Modus Arts presenting a series of deep listening sound videos developed from testimonies collected during their groundbreaking Tape Letters projectfrom Pakistani immigrants who settled in Britain between 1960 and 1980.

Suitable for ages 11+

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OUTing the Past Festival

11 February 2021, Migration, Race & Empire LGBT+ histories tour, OUTing the Past Festival with People's History Museum. Movement for Justice banner by Ed Hall

February 2021’s Radical Late was an evening of talks focusing on how migration has influenced LGBT+ history and the fight for LGBT+ rights.

Part of OUTing the Past Festival, an international celebration of LGBT+ history.

Suitable for ages 18+

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Climate Change, Migration and DR Congo

12 November 2020, Climate Change, Migration and DR Congo, Radical Late online with People's History Museum. Image of DR Congo map burning in woodland © Kooj Chuhan

November 2020’s Radical Late was an online artistically story and discussion exploring the ways in which colonialism, conflict, race and migration connect with climate change.

Suitable for ages 12+

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PechaKucha Night Manchester

9 July 2020, PechaKucha Night Manchester x People's History Museum © Fiona Finchett

July 2020’s Radical Late was hosted by PechaKucha Night Manchester, presenting a virtual evening of speedy talks and workshops on the theme of migration.

Hear from an eclectic mix of speakers from the worlds of design, art and social action.

Suitable for ages 16+

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Conversation and cooking

25 June 2020, A Night with Heart & Parcel online ╕ Heart & Parcel (6)

June 2020’s Radical Late saw an hour of conversation and cooking with PHM and Heart & Parcel, a Manchester based food and women’s project focused on developing English language skills whilst cooking.  Enjoy a cooking demonstration of pierogi and salad from Heart & Parcel’s cookbook, which includes recipes from some of the women they have supported.

Suitable for ages 16+

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