Thu 6 October 2022 – Sun 31 March 2024

Bengali Photography Archive

© Raju Vaidyanathan, 1986, 'Outside Ali Brothers’ grocery shop, Fashion St'

A new collection of images celebrating Bengali life in east London

The Bengali Photography Archive brings together photographs taken of and by east London's Bengali community, past and present. This eighteen-month project has been working with local residents, volunteers and photographers to collect photos and interviews for this exciting new collection.

With our partner Swadhinata Trust, we have been looking for images with a story to tell. Photographs and interviews will be lodged at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, and will also be accessible online.

Ways to Get Involved
  • Share your photographs 

Do you have photographs that you would like to share? Select 1 to 25 photos that are significant to you and your family. They could be of family or school life, work, street photography, youth culture, protest photography, local events, sports and more.

Please contact Eleni at if you would like to speak to us about any photographs that you would like us to scan.  

  • Scanning Days

We have run scanning sessions at Mulberry School for Girls, Osmani Centre and Southern Grove Community Centre. We can offer scanning events at local community venues. Please contact us if you'd like to arrange a scanning session.




This project is supported as part of Historic England’s Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Histories; The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust; the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of Four Corners' Hidden Histories programme; with Art Fund support; and the Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust.