Birmingham & Black Country

Impact of South Asian migration to feature in exhibition

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Image caption Photos and papers documenting the experience of people from South Asia in Birmingham and the rest of the UK will go on display

Papers belonging to Mahatma Gandhi, Hanif Kureishi and other leading South Asian figures are going on display.

'Documenting Histories' will look at the impact of South Asian culture on Birmingham and the Midlands, 70 years after India declared its independence.

Official records from the East India Company will also be available.

The exhibition is being put on by the Library of Birmingham and the British Library, who have been given £91,700 from the Heritage Lottery fund.

According to the 2011 census, 9% of Birmingham's population was born in Bangladesh, India or Pakistan - numbering about 85,000 people.

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Image caption Archived papers from Indian independence campaigner Mahatma Gandhi will be among the items going on display

Workshops and other events will be held throughout the year to get families to show how the relationship between the UK and the region has shaped their lives.

Image caption Documents from Buddha of Suburbia author Hanif Kureishi will be on display as well as classified surveillance files

Birmingham City Council has declared 2017 as the Year of South Asian Culture to celebrate the impact of communities from the region.

Vanessa Harbar, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the West Midlands, said the "fascinating and timely project" would allow people to "gain a better understanding" of Birmingham's history.

Ian Ward, deputy leader of the city council, said: "This year, in particular, presents a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution of South Asian culture to Birmingham's past, present and future."

The exhibition will open in July.

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Image caption The Library of Birmingham will host an exhibition on what South Asian culture has brought to Birmingham from July

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