Memories of Partition Exhibition
The ‘Memories of Partition’ exhibition at The Manchester Museum explores the collective memory of local Manchester residents affected by the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. The partnership project between Manchester BME Network, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Royal Exchange has emerged from the city-wide commemoration of 70 years of partition by combining social history, creative writing and documentary film-making.
Working with the local Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi communities in Manchester, the project has produced six films featuring community members sharing their connections to partition. Alongside these are a set of collated individual and family possessions/artefacts and works by the artist Reena Saini Kallat.
Also as part of the project, Royal Exchange has commissioned ‘Come Closer’, different monologues from ten South Asian writers and spoken word artists revealing the untold stories of the significance of Partition. The monologues were performed as intimate performances in various different community spaces in north and south Manchester.
Memories of Partition is part of Manchester Museum’s ongoing engagement with local South Asian communities. Manchester Museum has announced plans for a new permanent South Asia Gallery to be developed in partnership with the British Museum in 2020.
The project also looks to record oral histories related to partition from members of Manchester’s South Asian communities. These are set to become available at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.