The Life after the 1947 India & Pakistan partition and migration to the UK Doncaster project, captures the personal experiences and memories of 23 individuals and their families at the time of the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan and their journey to a new life in the UK and in particular to a northern industrial & mining town of Doncaster
Delivered through local volunteers, community members and staff
The project through an ethnically range of diverse young / old volunteers and paid staff embark upon a series of Oral History interviews supported by digital visual recordings and a collection of photographs archiving personal stories of their experiences, achievements and their journey to a life in the UK .
The reason for the 1947 Partition and Migration to the UK
The interviews reveal the impact on the different nationalities and religions who were displaced due to the borders which were drawn at the time of British rule in India and the migration that followed to the UK in response to the employment shortage in the UK in the late 1940’s early 1950’s.
The majority of migrants were drawn to main towns, cities and ports responding to the need and a shortage of cheap, low skilled labour and so ended up in factories working unsociable hours.
A large number of migrants searched for and gave their reasons for migration to the UK for economic prosperity, but some also sighted political and cultural reasons.
Only a few of the people interviewed have been back to see the city, towns and villages they left behind after the border boundary changes, most left everything behind, Homes, Land and Personal Belongings.