PREVIEW: Room to Breathe, Migration Museum

The Migration Museum’s immersive exhibition invites visitors to discover personal stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. 

Room to Breathe at the Migration Museum 1 (© Migration MuseumPoppy Williams
(c) Migration Museum, Poppy Williams. 

Room to Breathe is a brand new immersive exhibition which invite visitors into the personal and communal spaces created by people starting new lives in Britain.

Throughout the experience, visitors can journey through a series of rooms – from a bedroom to a classroom, a kitchen to a barber’s shop – in which unique stories of creating a home, finding work, navigating hardships and making friends are brought to life through audio, films, photographs and personal objects.

The exhibition allows visitors to explore in their own way by  opening drawers, picking objects off shelves, or settling into an armchair to discover the personal stories of over a hundred people who have created new lives in Britain.

Visitors can also make these spaces their own by creating art and contributing stories and objects, with the display serving as a setting for residencies by refugee and migrant artists.

Talking about the exhibition, Sophie Henderson, director of the Migration Museum said: “We aim to humanise and bring to life a subject that is so often discussed in terms of numbers, policies, cost and benefit, by inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the personal stories, spaces and experiences of generations of people who have made new lives in Britain.”

Room to Breathe is on display at the Migration Museum until the 28th July 2019. For more information visit:


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