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Bound for Fairbridge Molong, 1938
| Reproduced Courtesy of Molong Historic Society
Bound for Fairbridge Molong, 1938 | Reproduced Courtesy of Molong Historic Society

Britain's Child Migrants Were Once On Their Own

Picture of Ellie Griffiths
Updated: 9 June 2016
For many this is still a living memory; the memory of a child who once boarded a ship with excitement, bound for their new home thousands of miles away that, sadly, turned into a tale of loneliness, isolation and sometimes a brutal childhood as a whole. The upsetting consequences of Britain’s child migration scheme saw an estimated 100,000 British children – some as young as four years old – sent to Canada and Australia, as well as many other Commonwealth countries in the promise of a better life. Consequently, many of these child migrants never saw their homes or families again, and many faced abuse or lack of care. These heart-breaking true stories of what these children faced, the pain of homesickness and separation from their families, is on display in the V&A Museum of Childhood’s exhibition, On Their Own: Britain’s Child Migrants, until Sunday. Featuring first-hand stories, personal items, photographs and both video and audio packages recounting this period of our history, this is your last chance to visit this touching exhibition that is bound to open your eyes to what many still remember today.

 

📅   Until 12 June 2016: Open daily 10AM – 5.45PM

📍   V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA, +44 20 8983 5200

 


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