The migrant history of the Illawarra is on show in a new exhibition at the University of Wollongong (UOW).

Migration to the Illawarra  is a celebration of the Migrant Heritage Project’s efforts in archiving the extensive migrant history of the Illawarra region.

The exhibition at the university library’s Panizzi Room is a showcase of original photographs, objects, videos and research publications that detail the influence of the migrant community in the area.

Exhibitions coordinator Phillipa Webb said the research conducted by the Migrant Heritage Project encouraged UOW to further explore the Illawarra region’s migrant history.

“The intention of the exhibition was to not only celebrate what they have done but also actually show the Illawarra what they have achieved,” Ms Webb said.

“This exhibition allows us to gain a greater understanding of the context of the Illawarra, and what makes us who we are today.”

Organisers said the exhibition was a great opportunity for the public to witness the stories that helped shape the region’s history.

“I think it’s important to look at what this diversity of cultures has brought to us as an area and as a people,” Communications and Events Coordinator Karen Illesca said.

“It develops a rich fabric to who we are as a people, and its important for people to recognise that.”

Ms Illesca said the exhibition has been well received.

“The audience can come in and recognise their own personal connection to the history of the Illawarra. It’s a shared experience, and one that the audience is enjoying,” Ms Illesca said.

Events are running in conjunction with the exhibition to further explore the cultural artefacts on show.

“The events work with the exhibition to provide a richer context through which to view the materials we have on display,” Ms Webb said.

Migration to the Illawarra runs until 22 January, 2017.