19th May 2017

Volunteer Call Out: Capture Oral Histories For Sampad’s Partition Trail

The social, cultural and emotional consequences of one of the most harrowing events in modern history, the Partition of India in 1947 is the focus of a major new project by Sampad.

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), The Partition Trail is examining the complex legacy of the Partition and its lasting impact on communities in Birmingham and the West Midlands, particularly those of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent.

Sampad’s new project will capture personal memories from local people who were directly affected by the sweeping turmoil of the Partition, recording their experiences as well as uncovering stories that have been passed down through families. The 18 month initiative will also incorporate talks, a theatre-in-education project, an exhibition in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust and a public commemorative event.

Sampad is now looking to recruit volunteers to assist with the collation of oral histories from people who have direct memories of the Partition, or are sharing stories which have been passed down to them by family members who were affected in 1947.

There are two types of roles we need help with:

  • We need volunteers to conduct interviews with people who are sharing their memories
  • We need volunteers to film the interviews

Volunteers will receive free professional training for each role.

Please see full details for each role via the links below.


Partition Trail – Oral History Volunteer Brief (Word Document)
Partition Trail – Oral History Volunteer Brief (PDF)


Partition Trail – Oral History Filmmaker Volunteers (Word Document)
Partition Trail – Oral History Filmmaker Volunteers (PDF)

To register your interest, please contact Katy Wade, Project Coordinator on katy@sampad.org.uk (Thurs-Fri) or call 0121 446 3260.