Thursday 22 October 2009

London Needs A Museum of Immigration

New York has one (in fact it has two). So does Melbourne. There’s one in Denmark and the Canadians have one in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Even Paris has one, although it proved so controversial that no senior politician could be found to open it.

And yet London’s only Museum of Immigration and Diversity at 19 Princelet Street in Spitalfields only opens for a few days each year and is in need of urgent repairs.

Despite what the right-wing press says, we should be proud of the history of immigration to London that has helped make the city such an exciting place to live in. If the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is serious about a Cultural Olympiad that reflects the diversity of the capital, isn’t it time it stumped up the cash so that London has a properly funded Museum of Immigration too?

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