An oral History project based on the lives of the first generation of British Bengalis who came and settled in London in the 1950s and 1980s.
Oral history records evidence of the past by “word of mouth” and, thereby, often fills gaps in the historical evidence of books. This project contains a series of enlightening interviews with these British Bengalis from India and Bangladesh, explores their varied personal encounter, memories, linguistic, and cultural experiences, to provide the host and other communities a true picture of the Bengali cultural heritage, history and Bengal’s contribution on both national and international platforms.
Dr. Marland, an educationist and educational advisor to the project, belives this project can be used in national curriculum lesion, especially in Drama, History, English and Citizenship. Copies of the DVDs therefore being offered to secondary schools across the capital to help the next generation of Londoners to understand what makes their city ticks.