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BRICK LANE 1978: THE TURNING POINT 

This major new heritage project explores the history around the 1978 anti-racist uprising organised by the Bengali community around Brick Lane.

Renowned documentary photographer Paul Trevor captured the protests. His iconic images offer a powerful catalyst for identifying and gathering accounts from those involved at the time. Our project will create a vital record of May 1978 as told by local people. An extensive collection of oral history interviews will be made publicly accessible alongside Paul Trevor’s never-before-seen photographs.

The project will also produce a short documentary film, touring exhibition, public events programme and school’s study pack.

Volunteers will help research, record memories, create a short film and help develop the final exhibition and events. Skills training and daily expenses will be offered. 

Find out more at the project website. 

Volunteer roles:

Oral History volunteers - Should like meeting people and have excellent communication and listening skills. You may need to travel to people's homes if necessary and be flexible about interview times. 

Archive/Research volunteers - Will help research the names of original participants seen in Paul Trevor's photographs, and the social and political history of the late 1970s in East London. 

To apply:

Please complete the downloadable Volunteer form via google forms

Email this along with a copy of your CV to admin@swadhinata.org.uk

GET INVOLVED

Upcoming Volunteer Induction Dates 

PLEASE NOTE: VOLUNTEERS MUST ATTEND AN INDUCTION EVENT BEFORE THEY CAN ATTEND A TRAINING SESSION. 

28 November
Volunteer Induction 

18.30 | Four Corners
121 Roman Road, London E2 OQN
Register your place here

Upcoming Volunteer Training Dates  

28 November
Introduction to Collection and Researching Archives 

14.00 | Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London EC2M 4QH

05 December 
Introduction to Collection and Researching Archives 
17.00 - 19.30 | Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives 
277 Bancroft Rd, Bethnal Green, London E1 4DQ

07 December 
Oral History Interviewing Techniques  

10.00 - 16.30 | Four Corners
121 Roman Road, London E2 OQN

Register your place here

PARTNERS

Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point is a collaborative project run by Four Corners and Swadhinata Trust, in partnership with Paul Trevor.

This project has been made possible by the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.