Family history day at Migration Museum


16 October 2019
The Migration Museum in London is holding a special Family History Day this November, open to all

A unique Family History Day focused on migration is being held in London on Saturday, 2 November.

Family history talks & workshops

The event at the Migration Museum is open to all, from beginner family history researchers to those more experienced, and includes a wide variety of stands, talks and workshops. TV presenter Robert Rinder, who starred in a recent episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, will be giving a talk and expert genealogy speakers include Roger Kershaw from The National Archives on using migration records at Kew, and Else Churchill from the Society of Genealogists on tracing your 20th century ancestors.

Other activities include a family history workshop run by the London Metropolitan Archives and photograph dating with the National Trust’s photography curator.

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Discover histories of black Britons, Jewish community & WW2 relatives

The Black Cultural Archives will present an installation illuminating the history of black Britons; the Commonwealth War Graves Commission will help with searches for relatives who served during the world wars, and the ‘We were there’ presentation with the Imperial War Museums will see visitors meet veterans and civilians from WW2 and hear their personal stories. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain will also be providing specialist research advice, and there will be a 10-foot migration stories ‘flotilla’ to further engage visitors.

Other partners and organisations sharing their expertise on the day include Family Tree, the British Association for Local History, East of London History Society, Surrey Heritage, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Local History, and more. 

The Migration Museum at The Workshop is currently based at 26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG and is working towards creating a permanent home. The Family History Day takes place from 10.30am-4.30pm on 2 November; tickets cost £5 and include all talks, workshops and entry to the museum’s exhibition Room to Breathe, which relates stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. Find more information and tickets here.

QUICK LINK: How to use passenger lists for family tree research