Refugee Week 2020 - activities at the National Maritime Museum

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17 June 2020
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National Maritime Museum is offering a virtual exploration of migration by sea as part of Refugee Week (15-21 June).

Sarah Lockwood, Head of Learning and Interpretation at NMM, said: 'Refugee Week is a good moment to reflect on and learn more about how migration has shaped our history as an island nation. We cannot afford to be complacent and recognise that our collection, spaces and interpretation must be viewed through new perspectives. 

'The traditional practice and processes of the museum have to be interrogated and challenged so we can all move forward in our understanding of the importance of migrant communities for the UK.'

Refugee Week activities

Highlights include:

Migrant stories in the collection 

A gallery of migrant collection stories, created by people who have experienced displacement, and including a kite made from a map at the Jungle in Calais. 

Origami flower craft

Created by volunteer Thuyha Nguyen at the Vietnamese Woman's Group in Woolwich, the follow-along craft shows how to make a beautiful origami lotus flower.  

Narrative maps gallery

Twelve maps created by artist Djordje Balmazovic, are part of the RMG collection, and detail journeys from Syria, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Serbia.

For more information, visit the museum's website.

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