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Prestigious national prize for ‘Our Migration Story’ website

30 January 2018

‘Our Migration Story’ is an innovative website telling the story of Britain’s past through multimedia migration stories. It was awarded the Online Resources 2018 Public History Prize at an awards ceremony at London’s Mary Ward Centre. Manchester sociologist Professor Claire Alexander led the project, which has also won a Community Integration award.

Our Migration Story: The Making of Britain is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded collaboration between the universities of Manchester and Cambridge and the Runnymede Trust. The site tells the stories of individuals and groups through diverse historical source material. It contains images, quotes, newspaper clippings, Parliamentary reports, videos, poems, extracts from novels, and many other materials that illustrate the successes, challenges, obstacles and surprises faced by Britain’s migrants over more than a thousand years.

Visitors can explore beyond the material published on the site, via links to teaching materials, additional reading, and other organisations. The site is dedicated to presenting the rich, full contributions and lives of Britain’s many migrant groups.

Glass award trophy
The Online Resources 2018 Public History Prize

“I am delighted that Our Migration Story has been honoured with this award – particularly since the Royal Historical Society celebrates its 150th anniversary this year,” said Professor Claire Alexander of The University of Manchester, who led the project.

“These awards show the crucial importance of public history, and our project illustrates how diverse and migrant histories contribute to this national story. It was a truly collaborative effort, and it is a pleasure to have the work of all the contributors, and their intellectual generosity, recognised by this award.”

Drawing on the words and research of over 70 historians based in universities and historical institutions across the country – including the National Archives, the Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Historical Society – the website presents the often untold stories of migrants who have come to the British Isles in the past 2000 years.

While it is primarily designed to support teachers and students studying migration to Britain, its aim is to be a useful resource for anyone interested in Britain’s migration history.

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