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Date
AD43–1500
Region
Europe
Becoming English: letters of denization

Migration to Britain in the late Middle Ages The late Middle Ages was a period of what we could call 'quiet' migration. There were no-large scale migrations in or out of England, such as ...

Date
1500–1750
Region
Europe
Huguenot silk weavers in Spitalfields

Silk designers of Spitalfields  Huguenot refugees sat at the centre of the London silk industry. Most of the Huguenots in Britain involved in the silk trades had been merch ...

Date
1500–1750
Region
Europe
The plight of the Huguenots: Thomas Papillon's Advertisement

Huguenot refugees: The revocation of the Edict of Nantes  Thomas Papillon’s Advertisement (reproduced above) and King William the III's Declaration (as seen below) relate to th ...

Date
1500–1750
Region
Europe
Palatines in exile: German refugees on Britain's fringes

Protestant refugees from Europe: Huguenots and Palatines  The mass exodus of French Protestant refugees (also known as 'Huguenots') who fled from religious persecution in France afte ...

Date
1500–1750
Region
Africa
African freedom in Tudor England: Dr Hector Nunes’ petition

Hector Nunes' petition The main source above gives examples of two related migrant groups: Portuguese conversos or Marranos (Jews, ostensibly converted to Christianity) and Africans.  ...

Date
1500–1750
Region
Europe
Romani Gypsies in sixteenth-century Britain

The Egyptians Act 1530 was a response to the arrival of Romani Gypsies, known as ‘Egyptians’ at the time, in Britain in the sixteenth century. The first definite record of thes ...

Date
1750–1900
Region
The Americas
Slavery and the African diaspora: legacies of British slave-ownership

Britain's transatlantic colonies: the forced migration of Africans as slaves The movement of people of African descent to Britain extends throughout history, but the patterns of such move ...

Date
1750–1900
Region
Africa
Britain's merchant shipping: West African seafarers in Liverpool

The emergence of Britain’s merchant shipping industry As an island, Britain relied on maritime activity to maintain its economic and political power. Britain’s trade with ...

Date
1750–1900
Region
The Americas
From slavery to freedom: J. Gronniosaw's 'Narrative'

From slavery to freedom: Britain’s transatlantic slave trade From the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, over 12 million people were transported against their will from Africa t ...

Date
1750–1900
Region
Europe
Blood libels, castration and Christian fears: opposition to Jewish citizenship

The return of Jewish people to Britain  Jewish people had been banned from British soil since their expulsion in 1290 up until their formal readmission under Oliver Cromwell in the 1 ...

Date
1750–1900
Region
Europe
The Irish in early industrial Britain: George Cornewall Lewis's report

Irish migration to England, Scotland and Wales Many of the concerns we hear voiced about immigration today were also aired against Irish immigrants in early industrial Britain. Fears of s ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Africa
The African diaspora: global solidarity in inter-war Britain

Mussolini, Ethiopia and the new Roman Empire In early 1935, the murderous intentions of the dictator of fascist Italy, Benito Mussolini, to conquer the East African state of Ethiopia ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Europe
Germanophobia and World War I

Germans in Britain before World War I During the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries tens of thousands of Germans made their way to Britain. The factors that pushed the ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Europe
Polish soldiers and refugees in World War II Britain

Invasion of Poland and population displacement  At the end of World War I, the 1919 Treaty of Versailles had taken land from Germany to give to Poland in a new settlement for Polish ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Europe
Polish migration after 2004

Joining the European Union  Polish migration has been one of the largest movements in Britain's post-war migration history. Since Poland joined the European Union in 2004, and thus P ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Europe
Music and migration: songs from the Irish in Birmingham

Recruiting for Birmingham Throughout the twentieth century, the Irish were Britain’s largest foreign-born population. When Britain declared war on Germany in 1939, many Irish-born r ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
The Americas
Murder in Notting Hill

Kelso Cochrane Notting Hill, London, May 17, 1959, just after midnight. Having had his finger, which he had broken at work, re-plastered at the local hospital, Kelso Cochrane was walking ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Europe
Jewish immigration and the Aliens Act

From east to west: Jewish expulsion from 'The Pale' Savage anti-Jewish riots or pogroms sanctioned by the states of Eastern Europe, combined with widespread economic and political di ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Asia
The East London Mosque

Worship in Britain: The East London Mosque The East London Mosque was established in premises in Commercial Road (London Borough of Tower Hamlets) in August 1941 – right i ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Europe
Jewish refuge and the Nazi regime

The rise of Adolf Hitler and European Jewish persecution  The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (otherwise known as the Nazi Party) came into power in Germany in 1933 af ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Asia
Families divided: the campaign for Anwar Ditta and her children

Migration from the Commonwealth: Anwar Ditta and her family After the Second World War, Britain needed labour to help support its industries in the Midlands and the North. Citizens of Bri ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Africa
On the picket line: Jayaben Desai from East Africa to Grunwick

Migration from South Asia to East Africa Jayaben Desai was born in April 1933 in Gujarat, a province in India. Upon her marriage to Tanzania-based Suryakant Desai, she migrated to Tanzani ...

Date
1900–2000s
Region
Europe
Building Italian communities: caterers, industrial recruits and professionals

Rapid growth: 1880s to the First World War From the 1880s, the Italian presence in Britain grew rapidly. Between 1891 and 1901 the number of Italian-born people more than doubled, rising ...