Who do you think you are? As the BBC show has taught us there is a growing desire to find out where we come from and to uncover the stories of the ancestors that brought us here.
And now you don’t have to be a celebrity to find out.
The Migration Museum’s Family History Day, taking place in Lambeth on November 2 offers an accessible way for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to unlock and explore their family’s story.
Visitors will have the chance to find out more about genealogy and archival research, experience interactive installations on British history, hear from experts and social historians, and explore their own history at a series of stalls and workshops.
A selection of activities taking place include talks from a range of celebrities and experts, including Robert Rinder, TV presenter and star of a popular recent episode of Who do you think you are?; and Roger Kershaw of The National Archives.
There will be an Ask-the-expert photograph dating session with experts from the National Trust.
An installation illuminating the history of black Britons with the Black Cultural Archives will also be on show.
You can search for relatives who served during the First and Second World Wars with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and there will be interactive artworks and installations, including a 10-foot migration stories flotilla.
Explaining the idea behind the event, Robyn Kasozi, head of public engagement at the Migration Museum, said: “Our Family History Day aims to empower people to delve into their past and uncover their family’s migration stories, both within the UK and beyond its borders.”
“Through exploring our family’s journeys, we aim to highlight the central role that migration has played in making us who we are today – as individuals, as communities and as a nation.”
This 500-capacity event will take place at The Workshop in Lambeth, the building in which the Migration Museum is currently located, is 10 minutes’ walk from Vauxhall railway station
Main picture: Family History Day with the Migration Museum (Image – My Grandparents’ Shop 1913 © Stephen Sedley
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