The Grand Trunk Project was launched in July 2017 and embodies the spirit of the ancient and historic Grand Trunk rad, which linked peoples and countries, creating relationships and friendships despite the differences. Working in collaboration with City Sikhs, Hindu Forum Britain, Hindu Council UK, AMAL and The British Pakistan Foundation we aim to celebrate our similarities and support much- needed dialogue about our differences.
As 2017 marked 70 Years since the partition of 1947, many will highlight what makes our communities different. Independence day celebration can create more divide and hostility amongst the communities affected. At the Grand Trunk Project, we decided it was important to mark 1947 in a more open and inclusive way and developed the campaign, #70YearsOn which took us across the country.
We have successfully delivered 14 events in:
We brought together members of the Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths that were affected by the partition of the Indian Subcontinent together, to capture undocumented stories and promote community cohesion among the communities. As part of the project, our travelling exhibition consisted of nine roll up banners on the history of the partition, 12 portraits documenting real life stories and the postcard installation which gave attendees the opportunity to write their personal stories and experiences is travelling across the country.