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 is working with local residents, volunteers and photographers to collect photos and interviews for this exciting new collection.

With our partner Swadhinata Trust, we are looking for images with a story to tell. Photographs and interviews will be lodged at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive, 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.

Attend scanning days at locations in Tower Hamlets or bring your photos to the gallery to create digital copies. 

Please contact Eleni at if you would like to speak to us, book a place for our next Scanning Day or book a 1-1 scanning session at our gallery.

  • Scanning Days

We have run scanning sessions at Mulberry School for Girls, Osmani Centre and Southern Grove Community Centre. Further sessions will be announced here.

  • Volunteer

Get involved in research, oral history interviews, image scanning and event management. We are currently inviting Expressions of Interest from anyone who would like to volunteer.

  • Spread the word

We can offer scanning events at local community venues. Do get in touch if this is of interest, or if you know someone with a photography archive.

If you would like to be involved, please fill out the form below and let us know how you would like to participate. 



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.