Stories of ’71: Commemorating Bangladesh Struggle and Liberation

Stories of 1971: Journeying back 

26th March 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh war, struggle and subsequent Independence. East London is home to a vibrant and dynamic British Bengali community who, with strong cultural and familial ties, were deeply impacted by these events. Against a backdrop of 1970s East End revolutionary spirit, many local people were vocal and active in solidarity action to support the movement.  

In collaboration with Swadhinata Trust, throughout the year, we will be delivering a series of activities that spotlight stories and experiences of local people, celebrating this rich heritage.

Stories and Memories Competition

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Story & Musical Walking Tour

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Want to Volunteer? 

We are looking for motivated volunteers who may have an interest in local history and heritage.

Heritage Volunteers may be invited to work with us to translate stories into English, research archives, support communities to participate in activities or get involved in organising conversations with local activists from the 1970s.

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Stories & Memories Competition

Do you have a story to share? 

We are hosting a story competition to capture your memories and imagination of what life may have been like during these turbulent times. 

We welcome stories in multiple languages that explore themes on: life in 1971, resistance, liberation & home. You can use local and family history to inspire your work or submit a completely fictional piece.

We accept written and audio stories. 

Submitted stories will be judged on how original, interesting and engaging they are. We are looking for stories that capture the reader and hold their attention. 

Please read the guidelines before submitting. If you have any questions or have access requirements, get in touch at

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