Westminster Talks: The New World – Experiencing 19th Century Migration to the USA

Posted on: 21 February 2018
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Wednesday 14th March Andrew Linn, Pro Vice-Chancellor  and Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities will be giving one of the Westminster Talks:

 The New World – Experiencing 19th Century Migration to the USA

Mass migration is nothing new. Archaeological and linguistic evidence show that people have moved across large distances in search of new opportunities for themselves and their families since the earliest times. One of the most statistically dramatic migrations was the mass departure from Europe during the nineteenth century. While Europeans departed across the globe in search of better lives, the overwhelming movement was across the Atlantic to North America. European emigrants included around 800,000 Norwegians who headed West from a country whose population was scarcely more than that at the start of the period in question. While the statistics are indeed dramatic, they conceal the fact that each emigration story was an individual one. But how can historians recapture and present those individual stories?

This Westminster Talk reports on a research project which used on-line virtual world technology to explore and present this history.

As well as telling the story of Norwegian migration through images and via the virtual world, Professor Linn will also illustrate it musically using the Regent Street Cinema organ.

This is a talk for anyone interested in migration, family history, alternative historical methods and in seeking to understand the lived realities behind migration statistics.

Regent Street Cinema, 6.00 – 7.00 p.m., followed by a drinks reception.

 Please register via the Eventbrite link here:


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