Jewish Museum - London

World City: Refugee Stories

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Past exhibition
This summer, as London welcomes visitors from around the globe for the 2012 Olympics, the Jewish Museum tells the stories of refugees who have come to London in very different circumstances – to flee from situations where their lives were in danger.
World City: Refugee Stories presents the stories of nine individuals, each from a different country, who have come to London to find refuge over nine decades, from the 1930s through to the present. They come from countries as diverse as Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Chile and Cameroon. Each individual has a distinctive story to tell, yet there are common threads that link their experiences. The refugees’ stories demonstrate courage and resilience, a commitment to build a new life and to make a positive difference.
Photograph by Ian Lillicrapp Jewish Museum London

Photograph by Ian Lillicrapp Jewish Museum London

Past exhibition

The exhibition shows evocative photographic portraits of the refugees in their London homes and objects that have special meaning for them. Further refugee stories are explored in a film and animation.

In partnership with Kingston University London and the Refugee Council

Past exhibition

Student Ambassadors

For the exhibition we have been extremely lucky to have had the support of three Student Ambassadors from Kingston University London.  Find out more about their own stories here


Past exhibition

Photography Competition

Enter our NEW Flickr photography competition for children and young people!

Be inspired by our new special exhibition World City: Refugee Stories and submit a photograph to our Flickr group responding to the themes of the show and show us what home means to you. 

Past exhibition

Facebook and Twitter

Visit our Facebook page for World City: Refugee Stories events listings and follow us on Twitter for all the latest news!  Use the #WorldCity when you are talking about the show!


Events in this series

This exhibition will be accompanied by an exciting and wide-ranging programme of events at the Jewish Museum, in Camden Town, including practical workshops, talks and family activities.