Friday 14 Sept 2018 | 12pm – 5pm
Children in Movement: Birmingham’s Heritage of Child Migration 1939 – 2015
The GAP, The Old Print Works, 498 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath B12 9AH
Birmingham, ethnically the richest city in the UK, is a city of stories, languages and journeys, shaped over centuries by the ebb and flow of peoples from all over the globe. Many who now live here came as young people, arriving over decades from overseas, each with a story to tell and a future to contribute.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Children in Movement is a collection of photographs, oral history interviews and testimonies of 34 of these residents, all of whom migrated to Birmingham over the last 80 years. Every story across each subsequent decade echoes its themes of separation and community, identity and difference, loss and hope, as young lives have threaded their way from all corners of the globe to make their home in Birmingham.
Researched, recorded and carefully curated by a team of local young people, it offers an extraordinary portrait of our city’s human heritage, an intimate mosaic of personal stories that together fill the void in which prejudice and distorted narratives about immigration thrive.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue available to buy from The GAP.
No booking required.