What the exhibition is about:

This exhibition tells the story of partition from the perspective of the people. It traces the pain partition has caused over multiple generations. Yet it also shows how people have found ways to live with and overcome the divisions of the past.

To understand where the idea of partition came from and why it caused so much violence, the exhibition places it in its global historical context. It shows how partition was an idea that peaked in the mid-twentieth century and connects the Indian case to partition in Ireland and Palestine.

The exhibition is the result of the collaboration between History researchers at Aston University and DESIblitz.

Find out more HERE.


Following its display at New Street Station in September 2022, the exhibition will be housed at the Birmingham Midlands Institute in February and March 2023. Here are the key dates:

Exhibition runs from 17th February to 17th March 2023
Opening hours Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm

Opening night at 6pm on Thursday 16th February
Exhibition opens in the Sir William Blake Richmond Gallery
6:45pm – 7:05pm Film screened in the Sir Arthur Sullivan Hall
7:15pm – 8pm Panel discussion on Partition in the Sir Arthur Sullivan Hall
9pm – close


Find out more:

  • Find out more about the exhibition and the partition of India here.
  • Explore Aston University's history courses here.
  • Find out more about DESIblitz here and learn about their work on partition here​.  


Have your say:

Please take some time to fill out this survey after the exhibition here.


Listen to our podcast on the partition of India here.

Dr Volker Prott, a senior lecturer in modern history at Aston University, discusses the “bitter irony” of “celebrating” the 75th anniversary of the partition of India, given the violence and huge displacement of people it caused. He argues the partition was part of a global pattern and that debate is now needed to find ways to accommodate human diversity rather than pulling people apart.

Release date: Wednesday 10 August 2022

Read the full press release.

Dates, times and locations
Date: 16/02/2023
Time: 18:00 to 21:00
The Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS


Using first-hand oral testimonies, this exhibition invites viewers to take a step back and explore the partition of India from a global historical perspective.

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