Growing up with Partition Parents

Irim Sarwar, Teacher My childhood was puzzling, to say the least. I lived in a safe, affluent, upper middle class suburb near Washington, D.C., but I grew up in a house where dissociation alternated with primal rage; where curtains were closed during the day; where I wasn’t allowed friends and my parents didn’t make any. … Continue reading Growing up with Partition Parents

Child of the Divide

Sudha Bhuchar, Founder of Bhuchar Boulevard Featured photo credits: Katherine LeedaleImage description: Diljohn Singh (Manohar Lal), Karan Gill (Pali) & Nyla Levy (Kaushalya)  As a teenager, my sister and I had joined Tara Arts and cajoled Jatinder Verma, one of Tara’s founding members and artistic director, to give us impromptu history lessons as he was … Continue reading Child of the Divide

Contesting the curriculum: why we cannot avoid teaching South Asian history any longer

Alice Porter, History Graduate, University of Manchester (For context this image is of the Muhammadan Anglo-oriental college set up in 1875 by Syed Ahmed Khan who viewed providing modern/western education to the Muslim community as a prerequisite for their political organisation. The college would later become Aligarh university and many of its students would play … Continue reading Contesting the curriculum: why we cannot avoid teaching South Asian history any longer

The National Archives and plans to mark the 75th anniversary of the Partition of British India

Iqbal Singh, Outreach Team, The National Archives  Featured image credits: Three Trains at Kasur 1947 by Pins, copyright Bhupinder Singh, 2020 In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of Partition, The National Archives is currently preparing to launch a series of activities in 2022. At the heart of the programme will be a focus on Partition education.   … Continue reading The National Archives and plans to mark the 75th anniversary of the Partition of British India

Migrating Memories

Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination project, Loughborough University (Feature image description: a photograph from a street in Sylhet Town that we took last year during our fieldwork) It’s been a busy 18 months for the Migrant Memory and Postcolonial Imagination project!  During this time we’ve been focusing our energy at exploring the different ways … Continue reading Migrating Memories

Why my identity as a proud Muslim, brown, female teacher is so important in the classroom

Supti Akhtar – Oxford University History BA, Teach First English Teacher  Joining Teach First has been a whirlwind of a journey and one that I am so thankful for. After I graduated last year, I did consider going into the corporate industry for work and as the eldest child of my family, I knew I … Continue reading Why my identity as a proud Muslim, brown, female teacher is so important in the classroom

Why does teaching Partition matter for the British History curriculum?

Fariha Munim In Salman Rushdie’s novel ‘Midnight’s Children’, the female body is intentionally juxtaposed to demonstrate her significance to creating the imagined community that is the nation. Before ‘Midnights Children’ are born, the pregnant mother symbolises ‘wholeness’ which is the dream of a unified India. Yet, the birth of her child at the exact moment … Continue reading Why does teaching Partition matter for the British History curriculum?

Two historians speak on Partition and its aftermath

Prof. William Gould and Prof. Sarah Ansari On 17 August, William Gould (Leeds) and Sarah Ansari (Royal Holloway) – two founder-members and former co-chairs of the Partition Education Group – will together give a lecture exploring the historical context in which the people of South Asia secured their independence from British rule in 1947.  While nationalist … Continue reading Two historians speak on Partition and its aftermath

What about British colonialism?

Gurcharan Kaur Indian people did not experience the colour bar because “they all owned their own businesses”, and alongside this bold statement stood a picture of a corner shop! Do you really believe this is true? Well this was the view portrayed by a history teacher to his students. How can you know this is … Continue reading What about British colonialism?

Partition education: a vital pillar of our History curriculum

Jonathan Kennedy, Head of Humanities, Belle Vue Girls’ Academy Partition education is a vital pillar of the History curriculum at Belle Vue Girls’ Academy (BVGA). Whilst Partition education adds a very specific dimension to the development of wider historical knowledge beyond the British Isles, it also facilitates reflection on universal themes of prejudice and social … Continue reading Partition education: a vital pillar of our History curriculum


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