Whose Chair Project



Refugee awareness and standing up to intolerance.


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based on the book "The Boy at the Back of the Class" by Onjali Q. Rauf

Learning resources for key stage 2 students

Lesson plans, Teaching slides, Resources, Sound clips and Video links

Student's posters

Funded by the Mayor of London's Shared Endeavor Fund

Supported by author Onjali Q. Rauf


Somali Sea Farers project

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Young people interview members of Tower Hamlets' Somali Senior Citizens Social Club on life in the merchant navy. 

Oral histories: 11 (20 hours).

Resources: Exhibition; Film; Blog.

Partner: Somali Senior Citizens Social Club.

East End to Essex

Jewish communities in East London 

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Young people from Redbridge explore the history of Jewish communities who moved into Essex from London's East End.

Oral histories: 24 (50 hours).

Resources: Exhibition; Podcasts.

Partner: Redbridge schools and Jewish Care.

Kamal Chunchie: The Other Eastender

The story of the Coloured Men's Institute 

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The Coloured Men's Institute, founded in 1926 by Chunchie, after  experiencing racism in London’s Docklands.

Oral histories: 4 (8 hours).

Resources: Exhibition; Booklet; Film.

Ugandan Asians

The Ugandan Asian community in the U.K. 

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Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the expulsion of Ugandan Asians with a collection of  personal testimonies.

Oral histories: 27 (50 hours).

Resources: Exhibition; Podcasts.

Partner: Indian Overseas Trust.

Black Angels from the Empire

Overseas nurses from the Caribbean 

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The role played by overseas nurses and doctors in filling the gaps in the National Health Service. 

Oral histories: 10 (12 hours).

Resources: Booklet.

Partner: Melting Pot Redbridge.

My Roots, Our Heritage

African/Caribbean communities in London 

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Young people research the history of African/Caribbean communities over the past 50 years. 

Oral histories: 10 (15 hours).

Resources: Exhibition; Video; Play..

Partner: Newham Youth Parliament.

Our Brick Lane

Brick Lane from one community to the next 

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Somali and Bengali communities preserve the memories of their elders who lived in Brick Lane from the 1960s.

Oral histories: 18 (30 hours).

Resources: Exhibition; Film.

Partner: University of East London.

Chinese Lives

The Chinese community in Newham 

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An oral history project documenting the Chinese community in Newham in the early 1990's.

Oral histories: 2 (3 hours).

Resources: Exhibition; Photographs.

Partner: Newham Museum (P. Edwards).

Bengali Tales

Inter-generational story-telling project 

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Manor Primary School records tales and memories of Bangladesh told by Bangladeshi parents and children.

Oral histories: 6 (8 hours).

Resources: Fabric Books.

Partner: Manor primary school.


 The history of Afro- Caribbean fashion 

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Students document the history of black African and Caribbean fashion through an exhibition and fashion show.  

Oral histories: n/a

Resources: Exhibition; Fashion show.

Partner:  Sarah Bonnell, Forest Gate Schools.