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Battle of Plassey Young People's Project OPEN DAY

The event will look at the scope of The Battle of Plassey Young People's Project; local East India company sites and researching about the area's past links with Bengal. It will include presentations by Nick Robbins (author of The Corporation that Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational) and Georgie Wemyss, who teaches Social Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Tower Hamlets College and is a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths College.


The Battle of Plassey Young People's Project

Brick Lane Circle will run a highly unique project and engage a group of young people (18-25) from diverse backgrounds to explore East London's historical links with Bengal through researching and writing about the East India Company sites in East London. The context is the 250 Years Anniversary of the Battle of Plassey (23 June 1757), a decisive day when the British conquered Bengal under the leadership of Robert Clive. It was also the beginning of the British Indian Empire, under the banner of the English East India Company. The 250 Years anniversary events of the British conquest of Bengal (organized by Brick Lane Circle during June 2007) provided a focus for generating interest in learning about the shared heritage of East London.

The young people recruited will undertake research on a number of East India Company sites in East London, an area dotted with important locations and buildings that have historical links with Bengal. It is also the home of the largest concentration of Bangladeshi people in the UK. The researchers will be primarily recruited from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and given workshops, guided tours, mentoring support and assistance in conducting and writing their research. These activities will help familiarise participants about important East India Company sites and their historical links with Bengal and also provide guidance on the sources of information. The workshops will include photography, planning and team work sessions. The research findings will be put together in a publication, to be launched in October 2008 Black History Month at a specially organized event. An exhibition illustrating the work of the young people, historical paintings, photographs and/or important documents will accompany the publication. The information will be made electronically available and an education pack will be developed and distributed.

ARE YOU ENTHUSIASTIC AND CAN UNDERTAKE QUALITY RESEARCH? DO YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE A CHAPTER IN A BOOK? ARE YOU BETWEEN 18-25 YEARS OLD AND LIVE IN TOWER HAMLETS OR SURROUNDING BOROUGHS?

If the answers are yes then you are invited to participate in the exciting new project!

For more details and how to get involved please come to the Open Day or visit our website www.bricklanecircle.org.

Please contact M Ahmedullah (Secretary of Brick Lane Circle) for more information on 07903 671 787 or email / bricklanecircle@yahoo.co.uk


Speaker(s):

Mr. Nick Robbins | talks | www
Dr Georgie Wemyss | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

1 June 2008 at 2:00 pm

Duration:

3 hours

 

Venue:

Lab 4&5, Whitechapel Idea Store
321 Whitechapel Road
London
E1 1BU
07903 671 787
http://www.bricklanecircle.org
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Brick Lane Circle
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Tickets:

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Additional Information:

For more details please visit our website www.bricklanecircle.org or call us on 07903 671 787 or email / bricklanecircle@yahoo.co.uk

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