From Home to Here: Stories of Migration Old and New is a touring exhibition about migration to and from the island of Ireland.
Migration is intrinsic to life on the island of Ireland. Historically, this has been emigration, with people leaving for work, health, family, and other opportunities. In more recent years, more and more people are immigrating to both Northern Ireland and the Republic, from places like China, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Philippines.
The exhibition curates migration stories from two periods in history, reflecting these population movements. The Corpus of Irish English Correspondence contains letters written by Irish migrants who moved all over the world between the 18th and the 20th century. Their letters home are compared with personal stories collected between 2012 and 2014 in interviews with young people who were born and raised in Northern Ireland and those who come from families who have newly migrated here.
There are striking similarities and differences between these two groups. This exhibition presents some of these migrants’ shared experiences, in their own words.