Cash for Suffolk Bangladeshi Curry and Culture project

A project to highlight the economic and cultural contribution of the Bangladeshi community to Suffolk life has been awarded a £49,000 grant.

The Heritage Lottery Fund's money will be used towards the Bangladeshi Support Centre's Curry and Culture project.

It aims to bring Bangladeshi community stories to life and out to the public.

Over the past 50 years the county's Bangladeshi population has grown to about 10,000 people working in all industries and professions.

A Curry and Culture project co-ordinator will be appointed to work with volunteers to record and tell people about the economic and cultural contribution of the Bangladeshi community in Ipswich and Suffolk.

Schools involved

An oral history and ephemera archive will be created, and cultural events will take place.

Also involved in the project are the Suffolk Records Office, St Helen's Primary School and Northgate High School, both in Ipswich.

Mr Boshor Ali, chairperson of the Bangladeshi Support Centre, said: "I am delighted that we have been awarded this grant and look forward to working with all our partners and supporters to make this project a success for the benefit of local people."

Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in the east, Robyn Llewellyn said: "The Bangladeshi Community has played an important part in Suffolk's economic and cultural history.

"This project will preserve this valuable heritage by bringing its stories to life, enabling community members to get involved and share their past with the wider public."

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