Britain’s Child Migrants exhibition – events

18 January, 2012

Four children bound for Fairbridge Farm School Molong, NSW 1938
Four children bound for Fairbridge Farm School Molong, NSW 1938
Source: Reproduced courtesy Molong Historical Society

Experience the exhibition On their own – Britain’s child migrants through a range of programs and learn more about the history of British child migration.

From the 1860s through to 1967, more than 100,000 children were sent from Britain to Australia and other Commonwealth countries through child migration schemes, changing the lives of these children dramatically. On their own explores the history and motivations behind these government endorsed child migration schemes. It conveys the experiences shared by the children and follows the lives of some former child migrants in their own words, letters, photographs, objects and other personal collections.

Visitors have the opportunity to couple their visit to the exhibition with the following programs:

Oranges and Sunshine film screening (M rating)
This moving film tells the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant scandals of recent times – the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia and other Commonwealth countries under child migration schemes. Harold Haig, a former child migrant and Secretary of the Association of Former Child Migrants and their Families, will introduce the film and talk about the work of Margaret Humphreys and the Child Migrants Trust, as well as the Association's involvement with the film's director and script writer.

Date: 1pm to 4pm, Sunday 12 February
Cost: Adults $15.50, concession $5.50 (includes a glass of wine and entry to the exhibition and the Museum)
Bookings: Essential, phone 13 11 02

On their own – Britain's child migrants exhibition tour
Enrich your experience of the On their own exhibition with a tour led by two former Victorian child migrants. Hear from the perspectives of Sandra Anker and Margaret Martin, who will share their personal stories as they lead you through the exhibition.
Date: 11.30am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 3.30pm, Saturday 25 February and Saturday 14 April
Cost: Included with museum entry
Bookings: Essential, phone 13 11 02

On their own – Britain's child migrants exhibition forum
This forum will provide visitors with an opportunity to hear and participate in a discussion around the history and ongoing issues associated with child migration schemes, which occurred from the 1860s to 1967. Special guests to be announced.
Date: 2.30pm, Saturday 31 March
Cost: Adults $18.80, concession $9.90 (includes entry to the exhibition and Museum)
Bookings: Essential, phone 13 11 02

On their own – Britain's child migrants is an Australian National Maritime Museum Travelling Exhibition in association with National Museums Liverpool UK.

On their own – Britain's child migrants
Until 6 May 2012
Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street Melbourne
Adults $10, children and concessions FREE
For further media information, interviews or images, please contact:
Amanda Linardon on 03 9927 2737, 0400 130 307 or alinardon@museum.vic.gov.au