19 Princelet Street in Spitalfields is a unique cultural institution, in one of London’s smallest and most beautiful historic buildings. Its shabby front doors are rarely open to the public: beyond are secrets and suitcases, poems and potatoes, threads of history linking to today’s debates over migration, minorities and multiculturalism.
‘one of the capital’s finest buildings’
Founded as the first museum of immigration and diversity in Europe, 19 Princelet Street attracts visitors from around the globe to discover stories of the centuries of newcomers who have shaped Spitalfields, London and Britain.
‘…reflects our past and raises questions about our future’
19 Princelet Street is a place of debate, dialogue, and connectedness. Many groups arrange to visit, or you can visit on a special open day. We are raising funds so the building will open permanently in future.
‘where old and new are neighbours’
Hasib Abdul, aged 11
15 and 22 June for Refugee Week
Responding to high public demand - so please be prepared to queue - we are happy to open on Sundays 15 and 22 June from mid-day to 4pm.
Otherwise visits are by arrangement, for groups. Get some friends together, explore the streets of Spitalfields, and book a private tour here.
‘a remarkable and moving exhibition*****’
London Evening Standard