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Liverpool: a home from home

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 3
  • Subjects: English, Geography, History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool


Explore who came to Liverpool, their reasons for migrating and how different cultures have helped shape the city in this interactive session.

This session can be booked Monday - Friday at 10:15am, 11:30am and 1:15pm.

Further details

Exterior view of the Museum of Liverpool

© Mark McNulty

This session explores who came to Liverpool, their reasons for emigrating and how different cultures have helped shape the city. 

Students define and discuss ‘home’ and what it means to them. They consider some of the reasons people might need to leave their homes and what they might take with them.

Geographical push and pull factors that influence migration are explored. Students handle real and replica objects in an identity activity using suitcases containing migrant stories. Each suitcase explores different groups of settlers or migrants to Liverpool throughout its long history. Students consider what the objects tell them and possible reasons for migrating.  

Liverpool's long history of immigration and the pull factors which bring people to the city is explored. The way in which different cultures have made an impact on the city is considered. 

The session finishes with students considering the impact of centuries of cultural mixing on the English language. The origin of the local ‘Scouse’ dialect is also briefly explored.

Curriculum links


  • A local history study.
  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

Human and physical geography

  • human geography relating to: population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources.

Spoken English

  • speak confidently and effectively, through using standard English confidently in a range of formal and informal contexts, including classroom discussion.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • explore Liverpool’s long history of migration and the different groups of people who have shaped the city.
  • look at Liverpool’s position as a leading port and its impact on migration.
  • discuss the relationship between identity and place.
  • understand how we can use objects as a means of exploring and learning about identity.


  • ask questions of objects and use this information to form an idea and have discussion about notions of identity.


  • Appreciate that identities are complex, can change over time and are informed by different understandings of what it means to be a citizen in the UK.
  • Explore the diverse national, regional, ethnic and religious cultures, groups and communities in the UK and the connections between them.
  • Consider the interconnections between the UK and the rest of Europe and the wider world.
  • Explore community cohesion and the different forces that bring about change in communities over time.


  • understand why it is important to think about the impact of different cultural groups on our society, and to ask questions.
  • explore the notion of identity as unfixed.