‘The Cultural History of Southall’ is a two and a half year project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and based at the
The project aims to research, document and disseminate the cultural history of Southall, with a particular focus on the development of performance arts, and their relationship to socio-political organisations and events.
We are collaborating with The Southall Story organisation, who have already created a large-scale exhibition celebrating the culture of Southall. The three directors of The Southall Story, Kuljit Bhamra, Shakila Maan and Ammy Phull, are also consultants on the research project. The AHRC project is conducting extensive field research in Southall to examine the complex histories of migration and diaspora, as well as questioning current views and definitions on the notion of ‘community’ in relation to our research.
There are a number of public and academic outputs which will result from the project:
– an academic book authored by Ann David and Jerri Daboo
– a symposium
– an exhibition
– a website
– a digital archive.
They symposium and exhibition will be held in association with our project partners, the Royal Geographical Society in London, and the Dominion Arts Centre in Southall.
There will be a number of satellite projects, including an oral history project in schools, details of which can be found on this website.