The Mike Stammers Memorial Lecture – Wednesday 8 May 2019

Rachel Mulhearn will give this year’s Mike Stammers Memorial Lecture, titled “Don’t think of emigrating!” Liverpool and overseas migration during the First World War, in the Martin Luther King Building, adjacent to the Merseyside Maritime Museum, on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 6.15pm.

During his career, Mike Stammers published work that contributed to knowledge about Liverpool and the city’s role in the ‘Great Migration’.  This translated into the enduringly popular Emigrants to a New World gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.  The ‘Great Migration’, the exodus of millions of people from Europe, particularly to the USA, Canada and Australia, came to an end with the outbreak of war in 1914.  However, the global conflict did not bring overseas migration to a complete halt.  This lecture moves us on from the history of the ‘Great Migration’ and considers what happened next, with specific reference to Liverpool’s continuing role as a port central to migration.  During the First World War, while the volume of people migrating dropped significantly, what emerged were atypical patterns of travel that saw women and children dominate ships’ passenger lists.  This lecture tells the story of some of those who left Britain during the 1914-1918 war, looks at the reasons behind their decision to embark on these journeys, and what form their relationships with Liverpool took.