This free twilight CPD session will introduce resources and provide practical strategies for using the British Library’s collections to learn and teach about the 1947 Partition of India. With a focus on oral history sources and the new online resource ‘Voices of Partition,’ it will highlight the power of personal testimonies in teaching students about the end of British colonial rule in India. The session will be interactive and participatory, with the chance to engage with oral histories and archival documents from the India Office Records. It will explore how we can use these sources to teach students about the creation of India and Pakistan, the subsequent forced migration of 14 million people, and the accompanying widespread communal violence that led to the deaths of over 2 million people. The workshop is aimed at Key stage 4 and 5 teachers and educators who are interested in how we teach and learn about Partition.
Please arrive at 4.30pm for a 5pm start. Light refreshments will be provided.
About Voices of Partition
Voices of Partition is a set of free digital materials that features articles from leading historians to reflect on the British Library’s collections and current scholarship on the events that led to Partition, with some focusing on the politics and others on the experiences of ordinary people. The workshop includes guidance on how to use this new online resource, alongside considering and reflecting on the challenges in teaching difficult and contested histories.
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