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Migration
People crossing countries and continents to make new lives bring their own technologies and ideas. The meeting of different cultures has yielded innovation and surprising results in countries as different as Britain, India and Japan. Japanese responses to such British machines as looms and cars are to be found in the Museum's collections, as are such British responses to Japanese culture as Sony television sets made in Wales. Also represented are the products of immigrants to Britain, ranging from the first printed circuits to textiles made in Bradford. People crossing continents and oceans in the nineteenth century had journeys made easier by new technology of the railroad and steamship. Thirty million people left Europe between 1860 and 1910 in search of a better life in America. The railroad also made possible the shorter journeys of the daily commuters who crossed from suburbia into cities. These journeys were multiplied, if not accelerated, by the growing use of the automobile.
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Can countries keep their traditional identities, or are they fated to be homogenised by globalisation? Despite external pressures, some nations, such as Japan, have succeeded in retaining their culture  > more
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Commuting by railway has not only allowed us to get to work on time: it has also created new communities. How has this situation changed as the car has taken over from the train, and what is the future for the commuter?  > more
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The act of moving between worlds has changed not just individual lives but altered forever the destinies of entire nations. Migrants bring ideas, industries and technologies as well as aspects of material culture in the form of objects and cuisines. Is this exchange necessary for the growth and vigour of nations, or are we losing the nuances and particularities that give different cultures their distinctiveness and strength?  > more
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