This year marks the 70th anniversary of the independence of India from British rule and the birth of West and East Pakistan. Nearly 25 years later, East Pakistan would become Bangladesh. Partition divided British India along religious lines, leading to one of the largest and most violent mass migrations in human history.
Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh draws on the archives of LSE Library, giving a British perspective on the Indian subcontinent during the 20th century. It includes material related to the Civil Disobedience Movement, British women campaigning in India for birth control, and the founding of Pakistan and Bangladesh. Also on display are archives demonstrating LSE’s historic relationship with the region, including LSE alumnus and champion of Dalit rights Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
Exhibition curator Daniel Payne (@politicscurator) said:
It’s been a great opportunity to curate this exhibition in partnership with the LSE South Asia Centre. The Library has a fantastic range of material on this subject – my favourite is probably an item from Mirabehn (or “Madeline Slade”). You’ll have to come and see this exhibition to find out why!
Tours are available on request. Email us to arrange a tour.
Can’t make it to the exhibition? Listen to this 20 minute podcast discussing some of the documents on display with Daniel Payne, Sue Donnelly, and Sonali Campion.
To find out more about our collections on this theme, take a look at our collections highlights page, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Opening times and visiting
From 18 September 2017:
The Gallery and exhibition are small enough to get around over a lunchtime, so why not make a visit?
LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD
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