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The Bengali Innovators of Toynbee Hall

Date: 02 Feb 2018 – 28 Feb 2018

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An exhibition capturing the stories of the key influencers in the Bengali community who were involved in shaping Toynbee Hall’s services and improving community life

Idea Store Whitechapel is hosting a new exhibition celebrating the Bengali Innovators of Toynbee Hall, as part of Toynbee Hall’s Heritage Project.

The Bengali Innovators of Toynbee Hall exhibition captures the stories of the key influencers in the Bengali community who were involved in shaping Toynbee Hall’s services and improving community life since the 1970s.

Working with Swadhinata Trust, Toynbee Hall made contact with people who introduced new initiatives at Toynbee Hall. Eastside Community Heritage then carried out interviews with a number of people from the Bengali community who have been involved with Toynbee Hall since the 1970s. These interviews were then used by local volunteer Tanha Quadi to curate a touring exhibition, which will be on display at Idea Store Whitechapel from 2nd-28th February. To complement the exhibition, pupils from Central Foundation Girls’ School put together podcasts using the oral history interviews, following training from Eastside.

The exhibition focuses on the involvement and achievements of 5 individuals: Shiv Banerjee, Mohammed Nurul Huque, Abul Azad, Nooruddin Ahmed and Anis Rahman OBE and features some contemporary photographs.

Toynbee Hall is still collecting stories of people who worked and volunteered there or attended classes and programmes there. If you have a story or photo you would like to share, please contact archive@toynbeehall.org.uk.

You can visit the exhibition at The Gallery@Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU

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