London 1971

Friday 03 March 2017 to Friday 31 March 2017

Unsung Heroes of Those Stormy Days

A photography exhibition named Project London 1971: Unsung Heroes of Those Stormy Days will be held from 3 to 31 March 2017. It will reveal one of the little-exposed histories behind the birth of Bangladesh. It will allow visitors, especially younger generations, to better understand the role that advocacy and campaigning played in the fight for the freedom of a nation even in a country thousands of miles away. There will be a series of events curated by renowned artist Shehzad Chowdhury.

About the Exhibition 

The city of London played a pivotal role in the making of Bangladesh. Expatriate Bengalis were vocal about the Liberation Movement, calling for the independence of Bangladesh and raising awareness in British cities throughout the nine long months of war. Those were the stormy days and people of all backgrounds, including British Members of Parliament, journalists and students, played a significant role in gaining public support for an independent Bangladesh. 

Ujjal Das is the initiator and coordinator of the Project London 1971. Alongside the exhibitions already staged around Bangladesh, the project will include two of his books authored, including a publication presenting his seven years’ of research into the unexplored events in the UK in 1971 and a collection of photography, including the rare photographs of British photographer Roger Goyen and of British-born Bangladeshi Yusuf Chowdhury, which bear testimony to these unseen moments of our Liberation War.  

The London 1971 exhibition incorporates these exclusive photographs and archives.