Nov 21, 2022
A groundbreaking new website documenting migration in and out of the North West of England is to be officially launched online on 5 December.
The website includes an interactive, online map created by volunteers from across the North West. The map features over 60 stories of individual women, men and children who have migrated in and out of the region from the Roman period to the mid 20th century.
The Migration Stories NW project is a partnership of 5 organisations across the North West who have worked with local adults, including refugees and migrants, to research and document histories of migration, using archival and online sources. The next phase of the project will focus on young people gathering oral histories. The project is supported by historians [at Lancaster University] and [local heritage organisations – Cumbria Archives], led by Global Link in Lancaster, and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Project Coordinator, Dr. Alison Lloyd Williams, from Global Link in Lancaster said, ‘Our heritage stories show how the North West has always been a place of migration, where people have moved in and out from other parts of the British Isles and other parts of the world as a result of conflict, colonialism and trade, as well as in search of work opportunities and a better life.’
Gisela Renolds, Director of Global Link, added, ‘We hope it will be a useful resource for educators teaching about migration, as well as anyone interested in British history. It clearly demonstrates that migration is a normal part of UK history.’
The online launch event takes place on zoom on Monday 5 December, 6:30-8pm and will involve staff and volunteers from the five regional partner organisations: CDEC in Cumbria, Cheshire Global Learning, Crossing Footprints in Manchester, Global Link in Lancaster and Liverpool World Centre.
Rosie Kessous: email@example.com
Gisela Renolds: 07765 456645