Amjad Miah – sewing machine

East Ham
Brother sewing machine from Amjad Miah from his grandparents' house in East Ham

‘50 years of Bangladesh through 50 objects’ is led by Newham-based artist and researcher Saif Osmani who is of Sylheti-Bengali heritage.  This project forms part of the wider Migrant Memory and the Post-colonial Imagination research project (MMPI) funded by the Leverhulme Trust at Loughborough University London based in Newham. By using arts-based ethnographic methods, MMPI explores memories of the Partition of India and wider processes of decolonisation, and examines their role in contemporary British Asian identities and communities.

‘50 years of Bangladesh through 50 objects’ seeks to gather objects and print-based archives that together capture the experiences of Bangladeshis in the diaspora on Bangladesh’s 50th year in existence. Interviews have been undertaken in Newham and neighbouring Tower Hamlets. Saif was keen to collect everyday cultural objects that might fall from collective memory.

If you would like to be interviewed as part of MMPI please contact Saif on

Additional record details

  • Date created: 1980
  • Location: East Ham

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