Helen, 32, Congleton UK to Leiden NL to study to Stuttgart DE to study. I moved away for a fresh start, for new opportunities and a study programme that is not taught in many localities. I feel very lucky to have been at a point in my life to be able to take these opportunities while they were available. I'm young and it's too big a decision to say that I'll stay or where I'll go next, but I will miss my freedoms and if I have a chance to regain them, I will. I came for new skills and didn't know where I would use them, but I can rule out Britain now.
This postcard is one of several collated as part of collaboration between Dr Michaela Benson and the Migration Museum. A selection of these appears in the Postcards from the British in Europe installation in Departures, the museum's current exhibition exploring four centuries of emigration from Britain, bringing Britain’s emigration story and its emigrants into the national conversation about migration