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A podcast series from the Migration Museum exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain.

Departures – 400 Years of Emigration from Britain Migration Museum

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A podcast series from the Migration Museum exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain.

    9: Brits Abroad Today

    9: Brits Abroad Today

    Britain continues to be a major source of emigrants in the 21st century – not something we often hear about. So why do people leave the UK now and which countries do they choose to settle in? And how is emigration today affected by Britain’s colonial past?


    Mukti Jain Campion talks to sociologist Professor Michaela Benson of Lancaster University who studies modern British emigration and hears from a range of British people currently living abroad.


    A Culture Wise Production for the Migration Museum


    Producer: Mukti Jain Campion


    Readings: Adrian Preater


    Title Music: Shakira Malkani


     


    Image credit: Osbert Parker from his video Timeline, as featured in the Migration Museum's Departures exhibition.


    Exhibition: This podcast accompanies the exhibition Departures: 400 Years of Emigration from Britain at the Migration Museum in London. For more information, visit: www.migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/departures.

    • 30 min
    8: Deported Children

    8: Deported Children

    Britain is unique in its long history of exporting its own children. In the early 17th century poor children were often rounded up on the streets of London and put on ships to the new American colonies. Well into the 20th century there were official government schemes sending young children out to settle in former colonies such as Canada and Australia with the promise of a better life. While some children were fortunate enough to do well in their new country, for thousands of others the forced migration was a profoundly traumatic experience of family separation, neglect and abuse.


    Mukti Jain Campion hears from two former child migrants who were sent to Australia in the early 1950s without their parents’ consent. She also speaks to Margaret Humphreys, founder and director of the Child Migrants Trust which was established to support former British child migrants reunite with their families and asks what lessons can be learned from their experience?


    Warning: this episode contains personal accounts of child abuse that listeners may find distressing


    A Culture Wise Production for the Migration Museum


    Producer: Mukti Jain Campion


    Readings: Adrian Preater


    Title Music: Shakira Malkani




    Image credit: Osbert Parker from his video Timeline, as featured in the Migration Museum's Departures exhibition.


    Exhibition: This podcast accompanies the exhibition Departures: 400 Years of Emigration from Britain at the Migration Museum in London. For more information, visit: www.migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/departures.

    • 32 min
    7: The Left Behind Wives of Cornwall

    7: The Left Behind Wives of Cornwall

    When we speak of emigration we tend to think of the people who leave to go abroad. But what about the families and communities left at home? 


    In 19th century Cornwall this was a pressing question. As the once-thriving local mining industry went into decline, thousands of men left each year to find better paid jobs abroad. They were often gone for years, leaving wives and families to cope alone and rely on remittances that didn’t always come. It was an experience shared by thousands of Cornish families over several generations.


    Mukti Jain Campion speaks to Dr Lesley Trotter author of The Married Widows of Cornwall to find out how these so-called “left behind” wives survived and why their stories are so important to understand the full story of migration. Amanda Drake also shares a poignant letter sent by her 19th century ancestor which gives a glimpse of the heartbreak and struggle that many such wives had to endure.  




    A Culture Wise Production for the Migration Museum


    Producer: Mukti Jain Campion


    Readings: Adrian Preater and Joanna Purslow


    Title Music: Shakira Malkani


    The Young Man of Cornwall: Traditional, Cornish words by Anthony Snell, arranged and performed by Dalla




    Image credit: Osbert Parker from his video Timeline, as featured in the Migration Museum's Departures exhibition.


    Exhibition: This podcast accompanies the exhibition Departures: 400 Years of Emigration from Britain at the Migration Museum in London. For more information, visit: www.migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/departures.

    • 34 min
    6. A Welsh Utopia in Patagonia

    6. A Welsh Utopia in Patagonia

    In May 1865, 153 men, women and children set sail from Liverpool to travel to the other side of the world.  Their dream was to build a new homeland, somewhere they could speak Welsh, govern themselves and pursue their religion and culture without interference. A romantic vision that took them 8,000 miles to the remote Chubut valley in Argentina.  


    So did their dream of a Welsh utopia come true? And what impact did their arrival have on indigenous people who already called this region home?


    Mukti Jain Campion speaks to Professor Lucy Taylor of Aberystwyth University who has studied the archives of the Welsh in Patagonia, and Gareth Jenkins who has traced a family from his own village in Montgomeryshire that was amongst the early migrants.


    A Culture Wise Production for the Migration Museum


    Producer: Mukti Jain Campion


    Readings: Adrian Preater


    Music: Shakira Malkani


    Singer:  Gareth Evans


     


    Image credit: Osbert Parker from his video Timeline, as featured in the Migration Museum's Departures exhibition.


    Exhibition: This podcast accompanies the exhibition Departures: 400 Years of Emigration from Britain at the Migration Museum in London. For more information, visit: www.migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/departures.

    • 37 min
    5: The Leaving of Liverpool

    5: The Leaving of Liverpool

    Imagine you could go anywhere in the world – no passport needed. All around you there are posters and pamphlets extolling the virtues of emigration and offering incentives to ease your passage to settle in distant sun-kissed lands. Would you be tempted? 


    From the early 19th century to the beginning of the First World War, it’s estimated that over 10 million British people chose to migrate. Most went to settle in the United States and around Britain’s growing empire. Over half of these emigrants left from the port of Liverpool.


    Mukti Jain Campion talks to Ian Murphy, Director of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, to discover how the port of Liverpool became the gateway to millions of new lives abroad, and examines the importance of printed propaganda in fuelling 19th century British emigration with Dr Fariha Shaikh, Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham and author of Nineteenth-Century Settler Emigration in British Literature and Art.


     


    A Culture Wise Production for the Migration Museum


    Producer: Mukti Jain Campion


    Readings: Adrian Preater and Joanna Purslow


    Music: Shakira Malkani


    Shanty Singers: Mary Keith, Peter Brown and David Wells-Cole


     


    Image credit: Osbert Parker from his video Timeline, as featured in the Migration Museum's Departures exhibition.


    Exhibition: This podcast accompanies the exhibition Departures: 400 Years of Emigration from Britain at the Migration Museum in London. For more information, visit: www.migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/departures.

    • 33 min
    4: Emigration and Enslavement

    4: Emigration and Enslavement

    The 17th century colonisation of North America and the Caribbean by emigrants from the British Isles was, almost from its beginning, dependent on the brutal forced transatlantic migration of millions of enslaved African people. Their labour made possible the industrial-scale production of lucrative crops such as tobacco, sugar and cotton which created the wealth, not just of individual British plantation owners, but of much of the wider British economy.  Much of this history has remained hidden and only very recently have serious attempts begun to investigate and acknowledge the role that slavery played in Britain’s wealth, power and influence. But what if those investigations lead to your own front door and start to shatter your family myths?


    Mukti Jain Campion explores this dark strand of British emigration history with:


    Professor Matthew Smith, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership at University College London


    Madge Dresser, Honorary Professor of History, Bristol University and author of Slavery Obscured


    Oliver Colegrave and his father Stephen Colegrave, co-founder of the Byline Times


    Sally Hadden, Associate Professor of History, Western Michigan University and author of Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas


     


    A Culture Wise Production for the Migration Museum


    Producer: Mukti Jain Campion


    Readings: Udoka Oyeka and Adrian Preater


    Music: Shakira Malkani


     


    Image credit: Osbert Parker from his video Timeline, as featured in the Migration Museum's Departures exhibition.


    Exhibition: This podcast accompanies the exhibition Departures: 400 Years of Emigration from Britain at the Migration Museum in London. For more information, visit: www.migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/departures.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Nik Spring ,

Entertaining, illuminating and sometimes shocking.

A professionally produced set of programmes on British migration through the 17th century onwards. Focussing on North America and SE Asia, the facts and figures are often mind boggling.
Easy to absorb but so full of information I’ve had to listen to each programme at least twice just to take it all in.
I’ve been very happy to make a donation to The Migration Museum as they’ve been responsible for filling in a hugely important subject that was not taught at my British school.
Thank you!

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