Unveiling Memorial  with Press Conference

The British Council commemorates the eight police officers who lost their lives on 25 March 1971 while on duty at the British Council office in Dhaka. Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive and Barbara Wickham, Director Bangladesh unveiled a memorial respecting the brave souls.

In the memorial unveiling ceremony, Sir Ciarán Devane highlighted the global cultural relations work of the British Council and the positive relationship it fosters between Bangladesh and the UK.  He said, "The British Council plays an important role in the exchange of ideas, knowledge and discovery between Bangladesh and the UK.  We have been working in Bangladesh for almost 70 years, and continue to contribute to the ongoing growth of Bangladesh, through the best of the UK in Education, Society and the Arts".

Barbara Wickham said, "The British Council through the unveiling of this memorial wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the eight brave guards who gave their lives to protect the British Council while on duty in March 1971". 

The memorial aspires to serve as a poignant reminder of the British Council’s commitment as a cultural relations organisation through the different periods of a country’s history.