A collaborative exhibition between the Migration Heritage Project and the University of Wollongong

The exhibition celebrated 15 years since the Migration Heritage Project was formed in 2001 and took a retrospective look at MHP’s exhibitions, publications, research and other work together with content from the University of Wollongong Archives.

Migration to the Illawarra, was curated by Eva Castle and Gregor Cullen for the Migration Heritage Project and Phillippa Webb for UOW Archives.

The exhibition was opened to everyone from 12 October 2016 until 22 January 2017.

Migration heritage is the legacy of people’s experiences of leaving one country and culture, travelling, adjusting to a new place, and becoming familiar with it and its people and continuing and adapting traditional culture. The legacy of migration can be found in many aspects of life such as personal belongings, language, beliefs and traditions, food and music – aspects of life that have continued or adapted in Australia. These are the things which have significance for individuals or groups. The stories of migration are fundamental to understanding communities in Australia.

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