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13/06/03
Immigration Museum Seeks Permanent Status
- Refugee Week the start of bigger things for east London site

SUPPORTERS of the Museum of Immigration and Diversity, open this week for its Suitcases and Sanctuary exhibition, are hoping to make it a permanent presence on the London scene.

The museum is currently open at 19 Princelet Street in Spitalfields, east London, as part of Refugee Week and has already drawn a lot of publicity to its presentation of the various waves on immigrants who have helped make London such an interesting place to live.

"All of us are immigrants or descended from immigrants, it just depends how far back you look," said the museum's Philip Black, who plans to raise some UKP3 million to keep the fascinating piece of social history open after the end of Refugee Week on 22 June.

"The focus has got to be on the future, Black said, "which is raising the money to make this a permanent museum, one which always has its doors open." At the moment the museum can only open for a few days of the year due to the building's structural problems.

19 Princelet Street itself is a former home of Hugenot refugees who fled religious persecution in France in the 18th century.




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