Friday, 13 July 2012


This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:

Ugandan Asians in spotlight
A series of exhibitions are to show the 40-year history of Leicester's Ugandan Asian community.
About 10,000 Asians settled in the city after dictator Idi Amin expelled them from Uganda in 1972. Now, the stories of those affected, from their expulsion to their arrival, adaptation and developing role in the city's culture and life, will be brought to life in displays at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.
The exhibition is called From Kampala to Leicester: The Story of Leicester's Ugandan Asian Community 1972-2012. A season of events will run from Saturday to September 30.
City mayor Peter Soulsby will officially launch the exhibitions today.
He said: "Anyone with an interest in the Leicester we see today will be fascinated by this important phase in its past, which is illustrated so beautifully, thanks to these events."
Full details of the exhibition and events programme is available ugandanasianstory

In the photo: Cllr Manjula Sood, De[puty Mayor and Chair of Leicester Council of Faiths (who isn't one of those who arrived in Leicester from Uganda in 1972), to the left of City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby (centre). Photo from Leicester Arts & Museums Facebook page

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