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Did you know that The Voice star Rita Ora was a refugee? Or that the family of artist Lucien Freud moved to London in the 1930s to avoid persecution by the Nazis?

They are just two of the personalities highlighted by Traces Project, the first digital timeline to tell the untold history of artists who have sought safety in the UK from conflict and persecution.

Created by Counterpoints Arts and funded by UNHCR, the Traces website features biographies, photos and videos of musicians, writers, film-makers, architects and other artists who have found sanctuary in the UK.

As well as featuring famous artists, like Rita Ora, the site offers a platform for lesser-known artists who are producing exciting work.

Each entry on the timeline has information about why people were leaving the artist’s country at that time, and what UK immigration policy was like when they arrived in the UK.

The site also offers 14 unique learning activities for Key Stages 1-4, which encourage young people to explore issues of displacement, home and identity in creative ways. The activities are available to download for free here

Go to www.tracesproject.org to discover the artists and find out more

Read about Traces Project on Buzzfeed here