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Volunteers are needed for Four Corners & Swadhinata Trust’s Brick Lane 1978 project.

We are seeking volunteers to help research and record memories, photographs, films and documents for  a major new heritage project that explores the 1978 anti-racist uprising by the Bengali community around Brick Lane. 

You will be able to get involved  with research, archiving, digitisation, indexing and oral history. Skills training and daily expenses will be offered.

Apply today: https://forms.gle/B9webrZZYAYE1NLP6


BRICK LANE 1978: THE TURNING POINT is a major new heritage project exploring the May 1978 anti-racist uprising organised by the Bengali community around Brick Lane.

With the help of local volunteers and original activists, Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point investigates how and why this watershed moment unfolded.

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.

The aim is to 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.


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

Archive/ Research volunteers - We need talented volunteers to bring this project to life. Gain skills, get inspired and shed light on a historic moment. 

Full training will be provided in these areas (in London), dates TBC.

What we need from you:

  • Will be available for a minimum of half a working day a week (3-4 hours) every week (Monday-Friday) for at least three months.
  • Will be reliable and punctual.
  • Will have a connection to Tower Hamlets/East London and/or a keen interest in the history of the local community.
  • Will have good communication skills (spoken and written).
  • Will have basic computer skills, such as familiarity with office applications (Word, Excel, etc) email and the internet.
  • Will be willing to undertake training in specialist areas relating to the project, including learning how to conduct oral history interviews.
  • Will have good interpersonal skills including the ability to interact with a wide range of people from different backgrounds (especially fellow volunteers and contributors to the project).

To apply:

Please complete the downloadable Volunteer form via google forms

Email this along with a copy of your up to date CV to Swadhinata Trust at admin@swadhionata.org.uk



We need talented volunteers to bring this project to life. Gain skills, get inspired and shed light on this historic moment.

04 October 2019 

Project Launch:  Join us for the project kick off. Discover the story of Brick Lane 1978 and find out how you can get involved in documenting this watershed moment. RSVP HERE 

17.00 - 20.00, FOUR CORNERS, 121 ROMAN ROAD, E2 0QN

October 2019 - May 2020 

Research: Delve into a collection of never-before-seen photographs by Paul Trevor documenting the May 1978 anti-racist protests around Brick Lane. Use these images to research, identify and contact the activists that made the protests happen. 

Interview: Get trained up in oral history interview techniques and record interviews with some of the activists identified in Paul Trevor’s photographs.

February 2020 - July 2020 

Film: Help to produce a documentary film about the May 1978 protests

Interested? Get in touch. 



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.