An interactive, accessible exhibition about immigration as part of Changing Britain.
This exhibition is presented in partnership with Counterpoints Arts.
Southbank Centre's Changing Britain festival interrogates 70 years of British history, focusing on society, culture and politics.
In 1951, the nationwide Festival of Britain established a feeling of recovery and progress following the Second World War. Do we still believe in its values?
Changing Britain is inspired by Tales of a New Jerusalem, a series of acclaimed books by historian David Kynaston examining the social history of England after World War Two.
In the run-up to the 2015 national election, with immigration high on the agenda, we ask what we can do to promote understanding and empathy for fellow human beings.
In this exhibition we explore ways in which, in the midst of Islamophobia and hostility towards immigration, people have reached out to communities that are stitched into the fabric of our country.
We highlight stories from British recruitment campaigns in the Caribbean in the 1950s to Indian sub-continent and Eastern European migration, and the contribution made to the British economic and social landscape. And we also explore our moral and legal obligation to protect individuals, especially children, who flee their countries in order to seek sanctuary in Britain.
We cannot possibly sum up all of the stories of migration to the UK over the last 70 years. However, in this exhibition we aim to highlight some of the personal stories of migrants and refugees, celebrate the contribution of migrant groups to Britain's artistic landscape and open up discussion around one of the most politically sensitive and pertinent topics of this year's election.
If you would like to arrange a visit to Adopting Britain with a school group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Southbank Centre has produced a downloadable Primary Schools Resource Pack and Secondary Schools Resource Pack to accompany this exhibition.
Friday 17 April – Sunday 6 September 2015
10am – 11pm
Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall
Image credit: Tim Smith, Children at play in the Beeston area of Leeds, 2005, Courtesy of Migration Museum Project