UK Migration History

Designer Marie Van Driessche worked with Ben WilsonDepartment of Social Policy, to map the history of UK Migration.

Ben says ‘ My research is on migration and the effects that migration has on other life events. To begin with I want to explore variation in childbearing between foreign-born and native-born women in England and Wales. I am also interested to explore different ways of visualising migration information: numbers of people, the movement of people, and the different experiences of migrants in comparison to those who don’t migrate. There are some very interesting challenges here. For example, how should we show changing migration patterns? Are maps the best way?  Or discover something better than a map for communicating the big picture?’


Census, social surveys, and vital events (e.g. birth registrations)

Key findings so far…

For migration history, the key message is that there is a long history of migration to the UK from many countries across the world.  See

The main audience for my research are other researchers, government and policy organisations

Have a look at some of Ben’s written work 


Design by Marie Van Driessche, MA Graphic Moving Image

Marie describes the process of developing the film in her visual summary  Marie van Driessche_visual summary

Find out more about Marie’s work by visiting her blog