Here and Now

November 4, 2011 at 11:16 am / by

Here’s the letter I wrote to the local papers this week:

Dear Editor

I was delighted to speak at the ‘Here and Now’ archives launch last week. This exhibition was curated by the Bengali Workers’ Association with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It’s a wonderful series of panels which tell the life stories of Bangladeshi people who have come to live in the UK. This is a big step forward for the archives in terms of the Bangladeshi community’s contribution to Camden, and it underlines the importance of recording history in both written and oral forms.

These reminiscences explore topical subjects like arranged marriages, racism and culture shocks. Not only are they interesting in themselves, the archives are also a positive reminder of how lucky we are to live in a community where our differences are celebrated. The exhibition is on until 19 December and I would urge everyone to visit the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre in Holborn Library and view these valuable memoirs.


Councillor Tulip Siddiq

Cabinet Member for Culture