A New Life in Huddersfield

A new documentary ‘A New Life in Huddersfield – Memories of Partition and Migration’ reveals untold stories from Partition survivors on how they escaped the violence, fled their homelands and eventually settled into new lives in Huddersfield.  On Tuesday 22nd May, the documentary premiered to over 80 special guests at the Heritage Quay in Huddersfield.  

The documentary resulted from The White Line heritage project developed by Let’s Go Yorkshire which explored local people’s stories of Partition and how it dramatically shaped the lives of South Asian migrants who settled in Huddersfield.  

A dedicated group of volunteers worked to gather people’s memories and archive the oral histories to a professional standard.  With special visits to the National Archives and Yorkshire Film Archive, the volunteers developed their archival research skills helping to create a film, podcasts and learning resources to make this history visible and bring about connection, empathy and new understanding across diverse communities.

The film will be preserved and made accessible by the YFA, and the full oral histories of all participants have been deposited with the Heritage Quay Archives.  And for more information on the project, visit The White Line.