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 project pages below.
Bangladesh 50 years
In Spring 2021, we are commemorating 50 years of the independence of Bangladesh in partnership with Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archive, artist Ruhul Abdin and digital producers Rainbow Collective.
Ealing Rises Up
In partnership with Ealing Local History Centre Archives and artists Asia Ahmed and Narvir Singh, we investigate stories of those who stood up and resisted racism, and recognise some of Ealing's lesser known figures.
We will be launching partnerships with the Museum of Croydon and Wolverhampton Arts & Culture in 2022 and 2023, and will provide updates here.
Funded by The National Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund
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Subjects and themes
Search the collection by themes - from pets to weddings!
Black History Month
Take a tour exploring our Collection created by Alayo Akinkugbe for Black History Month in 2020.
A Picture of Health
Learn about pioneers in medicine, health and social reform from 1840 to 1920.