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Southall Story at South BankWednesday 7 April 2010 – Tuesday 11 May 2010

The Southall Story created by Shakila Maan, Kuljit Bhamra and Ammy Phull with Cathy Woolley and Michael McMillan is finally coming together.

Southall is re-created with a sense of a ‘Time Tunnel’ where we go back to the 1950’s and explore an extraordinary history, both cultural and political.

Southall is a town that has welcomed new communities throughout the last century, enabling them to excel and influence both the social and political structures of Britain.Alchemy  Festival

The Southall Story at the South Bank is part of Alchemy, a festival exploring the culture of India, its diaspora and its relationship to the UK today in over 30 events spanning dance, music, literature, debates, fashion and food.

Visitors Comments

Tell us what you think of The Souhall Story…


  1. southallstory says:

    “My day at the Southall Story Exhibition

    Manjeet and I went to see the Southall Story at South Bank Festival Hall on Saturday and the weather was absolutely fantastic.

    As we entered the Southall exhibition, we saw a big screen with pictures of Southall Gurdwara’s/Mandir’s/Mosque’s and shops with people going about their daily lives and it showed all the hustle and bustle of Southall which we can all relate too, I found it very hard to drag myself away from the screen.

    As we walked around, my husband Manjeet saw some very interesting old pictures which he could relate to and kept on saying how much Southall has changed, and the lighting was perfect for every picture. We very much admired the old furniture and the old tape recorders etc.

    As we walked to the back of the exhibition hall, there was a massive poster which was painted and there were stories about Southall Black Sisters and their recognition and awards they have won for their hard work.

    It was good to see a wall which had ordinary family photographs and a little story attached to it.
    I was very happy to see one of my work colleagues there with other friends and this was her third trip to the exhibition.
    It was a memorable day which we can never forget as this exhibition showed a lot of our past and the way we used to live.

    I would like to say a big thank you to all that had worked hard and contributed into making this event a success.”

    Malkit Dhillon
    Southall Black Sisters

  2. Derek says:

    We enjoyed the exhibition very much, and were pleased to see so many pictures and film scenes of people and events we have known.It was visually stimulating as well as providing important information on a town that was at the vanguard of the anti-racist movement in the UK.

    There were, I think, two omissions. Why no feature on the Southall Youth Movement, which superceded the NAAY as the voice of Southall youth? Also should there have been information on Southall Rights, a pioneering organisation which has played an important part in the struggle for justice and led the way for other organisations?

    One correction, the Chelsea ‘Manson’ mentioned on the Misty in Roots/People Unite commentary was actually Chelsea Morrison

  3. southallstory says:

    The Southall Story opened yesterday to a very engaged audience with the Southall Storytellers (myself, Kuljit, Ammy and Michael) introducing the work….

    If you are at the South Bank, pop down to the Spirit Level and see for yourself Southall through the decades – enjoy the music, sounds of the streets, the market place, films produced through the years in this bustling and inspiring town


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