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Women’s Journeys from Mirpur to Birmingham

A remarkable exhibition capturing the experiences of women migrating from Mirpur to Birmingham in the 1950s, 60s and 70s opens in the Community Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 29 March 2014.

 

Through photographs, artefacts and oral history, Home away from Home powerfully evokes the spirit of the Mirpur region as well as telling the stories of the women and their families as they made new lives in the Saltley and Washwood Heath areas of Birmingham. Despite the adversities and challenges these new migrants faced in this new country, many women recollect these years with fondness.

 

“We are delighted to have been part of this project in collating these wonderful stories and experiences and hope that they will give inspiration to others and to our future generations,” said Yasmin Akhtar, Director of Go-Woman! Alliance Community Interest Company.

 

“The Community Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has a rich programme of exhibitions which tell untold stories and celebrate forgotten histories. Home away from Home is full of fascinating stories and rich, vibrant photographs of Mirpur and Birmingham which will provide a really memorable experience for our visitors,” said Richard Statham, Community Engagement Manager, Birmingham Museums.

 

Home away from Home has been created thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund-funded oral history project and developed by Go-Woman! Alliance Community Interest Company in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust. The exhibition is open daily until 3 August 2014.

 

For more information on Go-Woman! Alliance Community Interest Company visit http://www.gwacic.com/

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