Bangladesh 2021:
A critical history initiative

A challenge to all Bangladeshis –

help produce fifty great works of Bangladeshi history in five years

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MONDAY 23TH MAY 2016, 6.30-8.30PM
Lab 1a, Idea Store Whitechapel, London 321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU

This project will utilise the medium of drama to engage members of London's diverse communities to explore their multi-cultural / ethnic, multi-faith and multi-generational communities and learn more about each other's problems, experiences and success stories. The insights gained by the participants will then be shared widely.  The project seeks to make a positive contribution towards improving community cohesion and promoting better understanding between London's diverse communities.

Channel S Awards 2011

On the evening of 7 April 2011 Channel S held its annual awards at their mega studio in Walthamstow, where guests, celebrities and presenters created an amazing must be at event. Brick Lane Circle was among 19 categories of winners. The award to Brick Lane Circle was for Achievement in Education Research / Teaching, which was in recognition for publishing the book called Plassey's Legacy, researched and written by eight young people aged 18-25.

Images from the Bengal History Week 2014



We had a great launch of the project yesterday at the Idea Store Whitechapel. The turnout and the levels of interest were fantastic. The invited speakers introduced the East India Company and talked about many interesting stories associated with its history.  They also discussed about various collections and records of the East India Company. Two historical fiction writers shared their experiences of writing historical fiction. We look forward to receiving many applications, from a wide range of individuals from our diverse communities, to become volunteer heritage interpreters / historical fiction writers for the project.

Who should apply to volunteer?
Ordinary members of London’s diverse communities, with a special focus on people living in East London, and from different walks-of-life, are invited to apply. This project is particularly suitable for individuals who are interested in developing their knowledge on the heritage of East India Company and skills in creative writing. We are not looking for professional or established historians or writers to join the project. Please click for information, an application form and work plan. Closing date: Monday 20 April 2015.

This initiative was part of a project ran by Brick Lane Circle called the Battle of Plassey Young People's Project, developed to encourage more research and learning about the shared past of Britain and Bengal / Bangladesh - funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. Three of the eight young researchers attended the event to collect the award if successful. They are: Lothifa Chowdhury, Ruhana Ali and Atif Kazi,who were thrilled when they found out that we won.

You can get the full list of winners of the Channel S Awards 2011 by clicking below:

Channel S Awards 2011

Helping to transform the intellectual landscape of the Bangladeshi community in the UK and celebrate the amazing  British diversity

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