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© Paul Trevor 1978


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:



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.