For this project, we are engaging young people in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the UK. We are creating a space for them to contribute to the development of an immersive and interactive online experience, aiming to capture the mass migration and personal stories of the 1947 Partition of India in a unique way.
The virtual exhibition currently being built will be a choice-based (graphic-novel) experience, using representative characters with stories of migration. The user will choose a character, and then will have to make decisions about where they go, how they travel, and ultimately, decide what happens to them - do they reach safely, or die along the way? Where do they end up living? The exhibition will be a space for people to step into the lives of partition survivors as it stood in and around 1947.
We are using stories of people who ended up in Pakistan, India, and the UK during the migration. Once the exhibition is created, it will be shared with schools and teachers in 4 countries – the UK, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The exhibition will have four storylines focused on this history.