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Bengali Innovators exhibition at Whitechapel Idea Store

Ansar Ahmed Ullah  :  A touring exhibition titled ‘Bengali Innovators of Toynbee Hall’ was launched at the Gallery, Idea Store Whitechapel (4th floor) on Thursday 1 February 2018 by the Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall, Jim Minton.

Since the 1970s the Bengali community have contributed greatly to the work of Toynbee Hall. The exhibition is part of Toynbee Hall’s heritage project attempting to capture the stories of the key influencers in the Bengali community who were involved in shaping Toynbee Hall’s services from the 1970s to today.

The Bengali Innovators Oral History project) ran in partnership with Central Foundation Girls School, Eastside Community Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to showcase some of the individuals who introduced new initiatives at Toynbee Hall.

Eastside Community Heritage conducted oral history interviews with Bengali people who worked and volunteered at Toynbee Hall in the 1970s and 1980s. These stories were then brought to life in podcasts put together by pupils from Central Foundation Girls’ School, following training from Eastside. In addition, a touring exhibition has been curated by local volunteer Tanha Quadi.

The exhibition will be open at the Whitechapel Ideas Store from 2nd February to the 28th.


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