The Community Banners collection currently consists of more than 40 banners made between 1985 and the present day. In 1985, before the Migration Museum opened, staff invited community groups to make banners representing their memories, hopes and dreams as immigrants. These banners were displayed for the first time in May 1986 and were a feature of the Museum opening later that year. All banners were made up to Museum specifications using different fabrics and craft techniques. Since the initial workshops, at which almost 30 communities were represented, other communities have approached the Museum and donated banners. The collection is expected to continue to grow as more banners are donated.