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Final Project Event

The Legacy of Partition, 1947-2009:  Final Project Event
Saturday 2 May 2009, Braunstone Civic Centre

Final Partition Event, 2.5.09
The final public event in the Record Office’s Legacy of Partition project was held on Saturday 2 May at Braunstone Civic Centre. It was a chance to thank all of those who have contributed in many ways to the project and to showcase what has been achieved over the last 15 months or so. An appreciative audience heard two eyewitnesses, Mrs Jacqueline Barker and Leicester City Councillor Culdipp Bhatti, recount some of their families’ involvement in the experience of Partition. The latest development in the project, the creation of teaching resources, was introduced by Ashley Bartlett from Rushey Mead School, Andy Parrish from Crown Hills Community College and Harminder Kajall from Manor High School Oadby. This material has now been placed on the website. Downloadable Teaching Resources

41 guests attended the event, including the Chairman of the County Council, the Leader of the County Council, the previous Chairman of County Council, the Lord Mayor of Leicester, the Mayor of Oadby and Wigston, the Town Mayor of Braunstone, the Leader of Braunstone Council, and a former Lord Mayor of Leicester.
Final Partition Event Guests

Partition project used in report to Government

The Legacy of Partition project was mentioned as a case study of good practice on intergenerational learning for a NIACE (the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) report to government published in April 2009.  Please click on the link below to read the report - our project is on page 18.
NIACE report

International Journalists visit Leicester

The Other Side of Partition, 1947 : true accounts of human compassion for the victims of violence

Journalists in journey to talk about their book

Partition EventJournalists from India and Pakistan travelled to Leicester to talk about their book on the Partition of India.
Trividesh Singh Maini, a writer for the Express group of newspapers in India, and Tahir Malik, chief of news at Waqt TV in Pakistan, attended an exhibition called The Other Side of Partition at Leicester Town Hall.
The journalists, whose joint book Humanity and Insanity has just been published, got in touch with the county record office after seeing its website appeal for stories of exactly the type they were seeking. Both men complimented Leicester as being a model of interfaith tolerance.
Dr Margaret Bonney, from the record office, said: "Their theme is unique, and the book marks a rare example of collaboration between Indian and Pakistani authors.
"We have no doubt this event is as significant for the future of community relations here as it is for the documenting of this painful episode in the Indian subcontinent."
Humanity and Insanity tells the stories of people helping each other across ethnic and religious boundaries during the Partition in the 1940s. While the mass migrations in the Punjab around August 1947 – of Sikhs and Hindus eastward into India, and of Muslims westward into the newly-established country of Pakistan – are largely remembered for horrific intercommunal violence, rapes and murders, the book tells tales of acts of heroism during the period.
The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Manjula Sood, welcomed the authors to the exhibition, which follows the same positive themes. The following morning they visited Crown Hills School in Evington.
The publication 'Humanity Amidst Insanity'  may be ordered from the following websites :

To hear short sound clips from contributors to the Project who were there at the time of Partition, please click on the link below :
Sound Clips

For details of our Educational Resources, please click on the link below :
Educational Resources

An image from the exhibition featured in the Leicester Mercury about the Partition exhibition :
Partition Exhibition
Newspaper article on Parition exhibition

Can you help us?

Exploring the legacy of Partition 1947-8 : a project to gather the memories of local people who lived through the upheaval of Partition and the creation of East and West Pakistan and now live in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland
Legacy of Partition
The partition of the Indian sub-Continent in 1947 led to one of the largest migrations in history. Some ten to twelve million migrants moved across the new borders in Punjab and Bengal. There was extreme violence between communities, with a death rate of between 500,000 and one million.  People lost everything – families, homes, land and livelihoods.   State boundaries changed and set up many problems for the future.
The resonance of Partition remains very powerful today, not just among Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis living in the subcontinent but also among those who migrated to the UK, to Leicestershire.  The issues surrounding Partition remain live for those who were caught up in the events of 1947/48 and continue to have relevance – but do younger generations know and understand the significance of these events?
This project aims to collect the memories of those who lived through Partition before it is too late, and to preserve any documents or objects relating to this time.  Working with community groups and local schools, it will bring together eye-witnesses and young people, to explore and explain the significance of this past conflict in the lives of Leicestershire’s people today. Travelling exhibitions, educational resources and web-based materials will be created to increase understanding between the different communities.   
Exploring the Legacy of Partition is one of 28 projects nationwide to bid successfully for funding from Their Past Your Future 2 grant programme, administered by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).MLA Logo

Legacy of Partition

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