Liverpool: a home from home

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 to Friday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.

painting of Irish emigrants

Detail of 'Irish emigrants entering Liverpool' by David Jacques

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
  • Subjects: English, Geography, History, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool
  • Free
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Workshop details

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.