Highlights of Child Migrant Stories Public Engagement Programme, 2018

11 January to 24 March 2018

Inclusion of “Ugwumpiti” in exhibition “Legacies of Biafra” (50 years after civil war in Nigeria) at the Brunei Gallery. The film was well received. The exhibition will tour to Manchester in 2020.

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12 February 2018

With Hackney Museum presented Child Migrant Stories and “Ugwumpiti” at a national conference on Refugee Week activities coordinated by Counterpoint Arts. Maurice performed music to the whole conference at the end of the day. Our participation led to an invitation to Refugee Week, Scotland in May 2018.

February 2018

Eithne and Mitch presented the work of “Child Migrant Stories” and screened “Passing Tides” at Queen Mary University of London. This followed a performance of original opera music inspired by the global crisis.

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13 May 2018

We adapted the interactive display and quiz on education from Ragged School Museum for use at QMUL Festival for Communities. It worked a treat. Atin Wickham who wrote and designed out learning materials and the installation/quiz helped out on the day as did Shaira Begum, our outreach officer.

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30 May 2018

We screened “Home” and “The House that is not There” at a Museum Late on Home at the Science Museum in South Kensington.

12 June 2018

There was a pre-launch of the film “Seeking Sanctuary on a Scottish Island” to teachers, Syrian families and children of Bute Rothesay Primary School. We were not in attendance but it was important to get their approval before the film was screened in Glasgow.

15 June 2018

We launched “Seeking Sanctuary on a Scottish Island” about Syrian children on Bute with “Home”, “The House that is not There” and “Ugwumpiti” at the Transmission Art Gallery, Glasgow as part of Refugee Week. Maurice went onto perform music at the festival the following day. He is always popular with the kids.

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18 – 22 June 2018

Hackney Museum continues to use Child Migrant Stories as part of Refugee Week Schools’ programme. The Museum now directly employs Linh, Maurice and others to help run the sessions.

21 June 2018

Eithne presented key findings on her research and screened both “Voices Past and Present” & “Seeking Sanctuary on a Scottish Island” at the “Children and Youth on the Move” History of Childhood Conference held at the University of Greenwich.

24 October 2018

We launched “Child Migrants Welcome?” as well as screened “Home” and “Seeking Sanctuary on a Scottish Island”, followed by Q&As to support Lord Dubs’ campaign for Hackney Council to take more unaccompanied minors in Sutton House, Hackney.

This was in association with Safe Passage who campaigns for legal routes for unaccompanied migrant children to reach the UK. The panel of speakers included Rabbi Gluck and Wendy Pettifer who feature in “Child Migrants Welcome?” and Pat Till who teaches Syrian children on the Isle of Bute.

31 October 2018

We launched 5 x 3 minute films in a picture portrait installation above a fireplace in the Migration Museum Projects’ exhibition “Room to Breathe”. Also included in the exhibition were Argun’s photo album and quotes about education in the exhibition’s school classroom.

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31 October 2108

Following the event at Sutton House Child Migrant Stories participated in the deputation to Hackney Council to take in more unaccompanied minors. Doha, a 15 year old Syrian refugee living in Hackney addressed the council meeting.Hackney Council agreed to take in 3 unaccompanied minors a year over 10 years.

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16 November 2018

Worcestershire Safe Passage campaign screened the “Home” film to support the campaign for the local borough to accept more unaccompanied migrant children.

30 November 2018

Eithne gave a presentation on key findings of her research and screened both’ Seeking Sanctuary on a Scottish Island” and “Ugwumpiti” at a conference on “Working with Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers” Association of Child Psychotherapists.

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