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Home Away from Home

Home Away from Home

18th March 2014

Home away from Home, a remarkable exhibition capturing the experiences of women migrating from Mirpur to Birmingham in the 50s, 60s and 70s, opens in the Community Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 29 March 2014

Home away from Home, a remarkable exhibition capturing the experiences of women migrating from Mirpur to Birmingham in the 50s, 60s and 70s, opens in the Community Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 29 March 2014

Through remarkable photographs, artefacts and oral history, Home away from Home powerfully evokes the spirit of the Mirpur region as well as telling the stories of the women and their families as they made new lives in the Saltley and Washwood Heath areas of Birmingham. Despite the adversities and challenges these new migrants faced in this new country, many women recollect these years with fondness and consider this period in their new life as the Good Old Days.

“We are delighted to have been part of this project in collating these wonderful stories and experiences and hope that they will give inspiration to others and to our future generations” said Yasmin Akhtar, Director of Go-Woman! Alliance CIC.

“The Community Gallery at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has a rich programme of exhibitions which tell untold stories and celebrate forgotten histories. Home away from Home is full of fascinating stories and rich, vibrant photographs of Mirpur and Birmingham which will provide a really memorable experience for our visitors” said Richard Statham, Community Engagement Manager, Birmingham Museums.

Home away from Home arose out of an HLF-funded oral history project and has been developed by Go-Woman! Alliance Community Interest Company in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust. The oral histories will be deposited with Birmingham Libraries and Archives to be accessed by future generations. The exhibition is open until 3 August 2014.
 

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