The Lost Children – Exhibition
Between 1873-1948 around 6,000 destitute children were sent from Emigration Homes in Highgate to Canada. This exhibition tells their story.
Between 1873-1948 around 6,000 destitute children were sent from the Birmingham Children’s Emigration Homes in Highgate, to live with farmers in the backwoods of Canada. Some were only two years old, the majority were aged seven to eleven.
Described at the time as “gutter children or street Arabs” they lived in truly desperate conditions in the slum streets of the city and faced a bleak future. Sir John Middlemore, founder of the Homes, hoped to save these children from a life of grime, crime and poverty. And, at the same time, provide the colonies with ‘good British stock’.
The future lives of these children varied enormously – there are tales of happiness and achievements as well as tales of great sadness. Come and learn about this hugely important, yet little known, aspect of Birmingham’s history. And witness the fascinating life stories of some of these children.
Two special talks accompany the Lost Children Exhibition.
14 Sept | 2.30pm-3.30pm, Talk – Middlemore Child Migrant
21 Sept | 2pm–3pm, Talk – Marjorie, too afraid to cry
Date & Time
Saturday 14 Sept – Sunday 22 Sept | 12pm – 4pm
Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, B3 3BS
Booking not required
Limited disabled access
Exhibition / Family / Free