Connections: hidden British histories

| 03 August 2005

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The Connections exhibition is part of a project documenting Britain's "hidden history" of Asian, Black and Jewish peoples' experiences of settling into this country. There have been other projects looking at the history of immigrants to Britain but this is the first to focus on the relationships between them, their shared experiences and the connections they have made.

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Bevis Marks synagogue. Courtesy of Connections.

It demonstrates that although there were often tensions, prejudices and competition between minority groups, there have also been many incidences of co-operation, mutual learning and support. There are 24 panels on Black, Asian and Jewish history; the fight against racism; histories of oppression; literature and language, food, comedy and music. It especially covers the cities of Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Southampton, and of course London.

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Picture shows Mahomed's Baths at Brighton in 1826.

The exhibition is touring to various venues around the UK, including London, until 2007. After that there may still be other opportunities for for schools, museums and other venues to use the exhibition for free. It is especially aimed at 11 - 13 year olds. What is striking about the exhibition is that it does not just deal with 20th century history, but traces back Black and Asian, as well as Jewish people in the UK for hundreds of years.

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Samuel Coleridge Taylor. Turn of the century composer and Pan Africanist.

You can read further resources on the exhibition, including pdfs of the exhibition itself, on the Connections website.

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