100 years, 100 stories
- Photograph: Shafiur Rahman
- Photograph: Kajal Nisha Patel
- Photograph: Howard Davies/www.eye-camera.comThree sisters, refugees from Vietnam who arrived in the UK on a family reunion programme in Weston-Super-Mare in 1989
100 Images of Migration
June 11 – 31 August 2013
Pictures from people across the country, including some from well-known photographers, have been contributed to the exhibition and show the many backgrounds of people who have come here over the last hundred years. From adventurers and travellers to people in search of work or education as well as refugees escaping from war, poverty or oppression in their own countries, the images on display reflect them all.
Britain has not always welcomed newcomers, but mostly it has offered refuge and opportunity. The rich mix of communities which now exist here has brought with it new cultures, languages and food along with different skills and wisdom.
Here in Hackney we have a proud history of celebrating the diversity that has always been part of our story. Hackney Museum's key focus is to collaborate with all of the communities that live in the borough to help inform and bring to life interactive exhibitions and workshops. Its ongoing programme seeks to educate about different people's lives and show just how our diverse community has helped to shape the borough and indeed the country today.
Barbara Roche, chair of the Migration Museum Project said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Hackney Museum to put on our first ever exhibition, not only because it is located in such a diverse and lively part of London, but also because Hackney Museum is a beacon of good practice in the heritage sector - thoroughly rooted in the community and with tremendous outreach to local schools and other groups in the area. We hope to secure a legacy for the "100 images of migration" exhibition by taking it to other institutions round the country and in the process to continue to build the case for creating a permanent Migration Museum."
Most people living in Britain have a migration story to tell, either of hardship or of achievement. This exhibition displays 100 extraordinary photographs and tells the stories of migration in and out of Britain over the last 100 years. Come and look at the pictures, read the stories and see some of the precious objects people brought with them.
If you came to Hackney from another country please bring us a photo so that we can include it. The free exhibition will run from 11 June to 31 August 2013.