The White Line - Here, There, Then, Now Oral History Project

Scope and Content

This HLF heritage project explored the experiences of those living through the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. Oral history interviews were carried out with people who eventually migrated to Huddersfield to record their memories of pre-Partition, the Partition era and what happened afterwards.

The project led to the creation of a film and educational resources to allow newer generations to connect and empathise with the past and across different communities.

Administrative / Biographical History

2017 marked the 70th anniversary of Indian independence which led to the creation of two new independent nations, India and Pakistan. The region was part of the British Empire and in response to widespread demand for independence the notion of two states emerged and a line was drawn resulting in the largest mass migration in human history, with almost fifteen million people on the move. Hindus and Sikhs exited from lands marked as “Muslim” Pakistan into the “new” India, while Muslims departed India into the new state called Pakistan. - The White Line Project About page.

Access Information

Original available for consultation by appointment

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Lindsay Ince, Assistant Archivist, April 2018.

Conditions Governing Use

All participants assigned copyright management to Heritage Quay on deposit of the collection.

Custodial History

Donated by Project Coordinator for Let's Go Yorkshire - Mandeep Samra