Hidden Stories is a heritage project that gathers, shares and celebrates the story of migration in Cumbria – the coming and going of people, past and present that shapes Cumbria’s identity. Because everyone comes from somewhere.

The resources on this site present an overview of historical migration in to and out of Cumbria. Over the coming months we will research and record contemporary migration stories, which will be shared here. These will form part of a travelling exhibition visiting libraries, town halls and schools across Cumbria.

Oral histories are important because they give us a unique glimpse into the way we make sense of our experience. In its broadest sense Hidden Stories is about exploring what connects us and how we see ourselves and our identity as Cumbrians.

Hidden Stories needs your help – we are looking for volunteers who want to share their stories of migration and / or learn new skills in oral history. Free training is available – get in touch by the Contact button and see how you can be involved.

"This is an exciting and important project that will connect people through the stories it gathers. I think it will raise understanding and awareness about migration in Cumbria.”

Lord Dubs, Nov 2016

Lord Dubs sponsored a recent amendment to the Immigration Act 2016 to offer unaccompanied refugee children safe passage to Britain. He arrived in the UK in 1939 as a six-year-old refugee, fleeing Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.