The National Archives launches online exhibition of personal stories of Partition
The National Archives has launched a new online exhibition to showcase the powerful personal stories of four Panjabi elders whose lives were changed forever by the division of their homeland in 1947.
Panjab 1947: a heart divided
Four men born into different faith communities in the Panjab - Sikh, Muslim, Christian and Hindu - met at The National Archives last year to view original documents from the time and describe how Partition had shaped their lives.
Panjab 1947: a heart divided began as an Outreach project in partnership with community organisations in London and South Wales. The participants' personal stories were recorded in English and videos of their personal narratives are now available to view online along with transcripts in English, Devanagari, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi.
The new resource aims to provide human context to the government records held at The National Archives in Kew.
Sara Griffiths, Outreach and Inclusion Manager at The National Archives, said: 'The many documents on this subject at The National Archives record the official view of events but the personal voices are often missing. These remarkable individuals have decided to share their memories of how this tragic period of history affected, and continues to affect, people's lives.'
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This online exhibition accompanies our our online collection of documents The Road to Partition 1939-47, launched by The National Archives' Education service last year.
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