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Making Britain Exhibition

The 'Making Britain' team, in partnership with the British Library, delivered the touring panel exhibition 'South Asians Making Britain, 1858-1950'. The display focused on a wide range of South Asian-British networks and interactions including South Asian contributions to sport, the arts, domestic, cultural and intellectual life, resistance and activism, as well as national and global politics. It was developed out of the extensive research of the project, examining a wealth of new material from archives in India, Sri Lanka, the United States and Britain. The exhibition was funded by the AHRC, The Open University and The British Library.

The exhibition was launched at the conference 'Bharat Britain: South Asians Making Britain' at the British Library on 13-14 September 2010 and visited regional venues across the UK throughout 2010-11. It was supported by educational lectures and workshops at select venues.

Whilst the tour was eventually extended, and details of this are available on our UK Exhibition page, the original display was toured to the following venues:

  • Bradford Central Library, Bradford: 1 October - 31 October 2010
  • Manningham Library, Shipley, Bradford: 1 November - 14 November 2010
  • St Barnabas Library, Leicester: 17 November - 31 December 2010
  • Birmingham Central Library, Birmingham: 10 January - 25 February 2011
  • Jubilee Library, Brighton: 1 March - 12 April 2011
  • Surrey History Centre, Woking: 3 - 27th May 2011
  • Croydon Central Library, Croydon: 6 June – 1 July 2011
  • Barking Library, Barking: 01 August – 9 September 2011
  • Swiss Cottage Library, Camden: 20 September – 14 October 2011