New exhibition takes you on an immersive journey into the lives of migrants in Britain
Room to Breathe
1 November 2018–28 July 2019
Migration Museum at The Workshop
26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG

Room to Breathe
 is a new immersive exhibition opening on Thursday 1 November 2018 at the Migration Museum in London inviting you to discover and explore personal stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain.

In the face of the external ‘hostile environment’ and fierce debates about immigration policy, Room to Breathe invites you into the personal and communal spaces created by people starting new lives in Britain. 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.

By opening drawers, picking objects off shelves, or settling into an armchair, visitors will discover stories from over 100 people who have created new lives in Britain. These include Windrush-era arrivals from the Caribbean, NHS workers from across the world, refugee arrivals from the 1930s to the present day, as well as chefs, students, artists, teachers, entrepreneurs and musicians.

Visitors are invited to make these spaces their own by creating art and contributing stories and objects. The exhibition will also serve as a setting for residencies by refugee and migrant artists, as well as a varied programme of events and activities, from cookery classes to flash performances, storytelling evenings to art and craft workshops.

“Room to Breathe brings to life the struggles, joys, creativity and resilience of living in a new land,” says Sophie Henderson, director of the Migration Museum. “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 the latest exhibition from the Migration Museum, which shines a light on how the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are – as individuals, as communities and as a nation. The museum is currently based at The Workshop in Lambeth, London. For more information, visit



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Visitor information
Room to Breathe
Dates: 1 November 2018–28 July 2019
Opening hours: Thursdays 12pm–8pm, Friday–Sunday 12pm–6pm
Venue: Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG (Nearest tubes Vauxhall, Lambeth North and Westminster)
Admission: Free
About the Migration Museum
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. Our museum is currently housed at The Workshop, a temporary arts and community space just off Albert Embankment in London provided by U+I, a regeneration and investment business.
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