Migrant Memories: The Indian Partition and Settlement in Southeast Wales

Migrant Memories was a pilot research project run by the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University in collaboration with Butetown History & Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay.

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Migrant Memories featured twelve members of the South Asian population of South Wales. Using oral history interviews  it sought to collect their memories of living through the 1947 Indian partition. These stories tell us both about the events of 1947, and how the cultural memories of partition continue to affect lives sixty five years later.

The project involved the creation of a digital archive of photos, video and audio interviews and other material about the memories of partition. This archive is housed by Butetown History & Arts Centre – a local history and arts centre based in the heart of the community of Cardiff Bay. The archive is an important addition to their invaluable multimedia collections about immigrants and minorities in Wales.

The project resulted in an exhibition and an educational DVD, a short clip of which can be seen below: