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► Swadhinata Trust is proud to have work with Bangla Stories. For more information, visit: http://www.banglastories.org/

► Swadhinata Trust supported a project that took place between February and July of 2014. Eighteen people were interviewed from all walks of life in the commuinities they were filming in for Sociology 108x. Questions were asked about the inequality as they observed and experienced it.  Watch community interviews



The Sound of my Neighbourhood: Whitechapel Stories, a project by Evi Kontova.
Wednesday 2 June - Sunday 27 June 2010

The exhibition is based on recordings of people’s stories about living in the area. The visitor encounters Whitechapel past and present by discovering many different narratives that are part of the multicultural vibrancy of East London. The project highlights the importance of oral history in communicating the identities and experiences of ordinary people.

The exhibition will present a wide-ranging narrative of the neighbourhood through residents’ oral testimonies recorded especially for the project, as well as existing stories from local history archives. By bringing these stories to the public the exhibition tries to facilitate different communities to meet each other as well as to encourage the curiosity of local people to discover who their neighbours are. Using a variety of media, the exhibition will attempt to present its material as a fascinating game of research, to encourage people to get interested in their local history resources.

The dramatic views from the Idea Store’s fourth floor windows will enable viewers to enjoy panoramic views of the area and also focus on specific locations. Selected buildings and areas will be highlighted by frames placed on the windows, accompanied by headphones through which can be heard the recordings of local people talking about the respective sites.

Evi Kontova is an art historian and museologist. The Sound of my Neighbourhood: Whitechapel Stories has been developed as her major project for the MA in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments, at Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London.

The project is supported by:
London Borough of Tower Hamlets, British Library Sound Archive, Museum of London Oral
History Collection, Royal London Hospital Museum and Archives, Swadhinata Trust, Eastside Community Heritage, Kudu Arts Production.
Sound equipment kindly provided by Stuart Cameras, London.

For further information and images please contact Sotiris Kyriacou,

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