THE official screening of the new documentary A New Life in Huddersfield – Memories of Partition and Migration is taking place on Tuesday 22 May at Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield.
The film has been developed as part of the #TheWhiteLine heritage project by local community organisation Let’s Go Yorkshire, with support from National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery fund.
The film uncovers stories of Huddersfield's survivors and their families' experiences and narratives of the Partition of India in 1947 and the subsequent migration to the UK in search of a better future in the 1950s and 60s. This will be a free event, with light refreshments.
As part of the project, recordings of the interviews are being deposited with the university archive service so they can be accessed by researchers in the future.
David Smith, Public Engagement Officer at Heritage Quay said Heritage Quay is really proud to be working with Let’s Go Yorkshire to help them provide a legacy for this project.
“Being able to hear history direct from those who experienced it is very special, particularly when the stories are so important,” said David.
“We can’t wait for researchers to come and use the interviews for their own work and one of the key things is that anyone can come and do that, you don’t have to be a member of the University – our collections are open to everyone to use and there’s no charge,” he added.
Iqbal Husain, Regional Community Partnerships Manager at The National Archives, will be attending the event and displaying copies of records relating to Partition that are held at The National Archives. These will include records relating to both the build up to Partition and its fallout. The visit builds on a collaboration started in 2017 with Let’s Go Yorkshire and the vision is to build a longer term relationship in coming years both with Heritage Quay and the communities it serves.