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Home away from Home

Home away from Home

Location: Birmingham Museum

29th March 2014 - 3rd August 2014

Through remarkable photographs, artefacts and oral history, 'Home away from Home' captures the experiences of women migrating from Mirpur to Birmingham in the 50s, 60s and 70s and evokes the spirit of the region from which they came.

'Home away from Home' also tells the stories of the women and their families as they made new lives in the Saltley and Washwood Heath areas of Birmingham. These stories break all the stereotypes of ‘hard times’ and ‘struggles’ faced by women during this period. Despite the lack of availability of traditional Asian food, limited understanding of the English language and feelings of homesickness, women recall these times as the ‘Good Old Days’ when they received nothing but sheer warmth from the new community they found themselves in and felt safe and secure in their homes. 

Home away from Home has been developed by Go-Woman! Alliance Community Interest Company in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust. It is the culmination of a major HLF-funded Project.

In the Community gallery. Free entry.

Image: Mrs Begum with her family – 1970