Peace after Partition
On June 3rd 1947, the plan to partition India was announced.
To mark the 70 year anniversary The Peace Museum presented a timely exhibition, titled Peace after Partition.
The exhibition launched at an event at the museum on Wednesday 14th June and ran until Friday 29th September.
Included in the exhibition were a collection of stories and artefact. Alongside the National Science and Media Museum, The Peace Museum selected images from the Daily Herald Archive taken during the time, which featured in the exhibit
Bradford residents were encouraged to document their own family histories relating to Partition, share stories of peaceful reactions between communities in response to the violence that erupted, and map their migrations from South Asia.
Diversity Development Officer, Samayya Afzal, said “this was an opportunity for South Asians and non-South Asians of all backgrounds and ages to come together, to learn about and discuss our shared history, relate to the decisions and events that paved the way to Partition, and perhaps most importantly, see Partition through a perspective different to our own.”
One of the most popular pieces from the exhibition was an interactive, pre-partition map of India. Inside, scrolls of fabric contain statements from people who lived through the horrors of partition. The piece can be added too and the scrolls can be removed and read by visitors. The piece is still on display at The Peace Museum, now as part of the Bradford Room.
Please note this exhibition has now closed.