Migration stories

Explore the stories of people who have migrated to Britain from the 1500s to the present day.

Your class will investigate a diverse range of people and their portraits. They will discover their experiences and achievements, and consider their impact on Britain and our lives today.

Featured people include Samuel Selvon, Mala Sen and Angelica Kaufmann.

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    Samuel Selvon,    by Ida Kar,    1956,    NPG x132969,    © National Portrait Gallery, London
Samuel Selvon, by Ida Kar, 1956

Session duration: 90 mins


Primary, key stage 2

This session is for one class of up to thirty students to take part.

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Learning objectives

  1. Explore some of the reasons why people have migrated to Britain and where they have migrated from, through individual stories.
  1. Use portraits and key portrait elements including clothing objects, pose and expression as evidence of the past.
  1. Recognise migration has impacted our everyday lives in Britain in many different ways, for hundreds of years.