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Citizen UK

In collaboration with Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, Ealing Local History Centre, Museum of Croydon and Wolverhampton Arts & Culture we visualise migration stories from the mid-twentieth century.

Citizen researchers, made up of local community members, explore local and national archives and collections along with their own stories, memories and material to tell the stories of migrant communities from their area.

Supported by an artist, they will create a new artwork that will be shown locally, and eventually will come to the National Portrait Gallery when we re-open our doors.

Projects will take place over three years, until mid-2023, and you can follow the progress by visiting the partner pages below.

Tower Hamlets - Bangladesh 50 Years

Future Collaborations


Supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund