On Sunday 2 May (and every Sunday in May) the Museum of Immigration and Diversity opens its dusty doors from 12 - 5pm to celebrate France's Printemps des Musées, and the stories of thous ands of French Huguenot refugees who shaped this area and the wider British society. A timely opening, coinciding with recent statements by Trevor Phillips and renewed public debate about 'Britishness', our acclaimed exhibition SUITCASES AND SANCTUARY - an outstanding achievement created by primary schoolchildren from many backgrounds, living in Tower Hamlets - challenges visitors to discover the true stories of British immigration and settlement. Visitors can explore the magical Grade II* listed building, redolent of many overlapping immigrant communities, at 19 Princelet Street, London's Museum of Conscience. LEAVE TO REMAIN is a concurrent exhibition by 3 contemporary refugee artists taking a wry look at asylum in Britain today. To learn more about our work to create a space and educational resource where people from all communities and cultures come together, visit www.19princeletstreet.org.uk Open FREE (donations encouraged), 12noon to 5pm: Sunday 2 May, Sunday 9 May, Sunday 16 May, Sunday 23 May & Sunday 30 May Please help us with our 'word of mouse' initiative, and forward this email on so that your friends and colleagues can discover this amazing place. If you have been forwarded this message and would like to receive further bulletins click on www.19princeletstreet.org.uk/contact.htm
Personally, I have found this place extremely moving and haunting... The exhibitions can be a bit lame, but the building itself is pulsing with soul.
Possibly best visited on a dull grey day, when the light is ghostly, and there just happens to be a visiting Jewish male-voice choir letting rip spontaneously in the synagogue...But, visit it any way you can; it's special. (Oh, and if you're a passing rich patron type, give them money...I wouldn't say no to some, either...)