Diverse voices from a shoebox

A new museum is set to open in a giant shoebox in South London, bringing together 20 new stories from refugees and migrants who have made London their home

On February 8, a new version of the Empathy Museum’s acclaimed immersive exhibit  A Mile in My Shoes: Migration will open in a giant shoebox bringing together 20 new audio stories from refugees and migrants who have made London their home.

A Mile in My Shoes: Migration will invite visitors to go on a physical and empathetic journey by walking a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally – while listening to their story.

Storytellers include Ammar, a Syrian who arrived in the UK at Victoria railway station concealed in a suitcase; Peter from Nigeria whose barber’s shop chair acts as a therapeutic and social space for men of all ages; and Meghan, from Uganda who fled the country separately from her partner and spent months searching for her in London.

Director of the Empathy Museum, Clare Patey said: A Mile in My Shoes is not a passive experience. It’s about radical listening. It is a chance to spend time with someone we might not otherwise meet in our day-to-day life and see the world from that person’s perspective.

“We will present a diversity of voices and share stories around migration that might challenge our preconceptions.”

A Mile in My Shoes: Migration will be installed outside The Migration Museum at The Workshop in Lambeth High Street, during the exhibition No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain.

The Empathy Museum is the world’s first experiential arts space dedicated to helping visitors look at the world through other people’s eyes.

Further details about A Mile in My Shoes: Migration can be found at www.empathymuseum.com

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