On Friday, I visited the APNA Heritage exhibition on local Punjabi history at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

In this inaugural exhibition, I got a rare glimpse of 30 years of life captured by Punjabi families across the city from their own photographs and family albums. Also on display was a series of present day portraits from within the Punjabi community.

This is an excellent exhibition charting the story of the many people who came from Punjab to Wolverhampton in the 1950s and ’60s. It tells their story, the jobs they did, the new lives they built and the contribution they made to the city. The organiser Anand Chhabra has done a great job and I would recommend it to anyone who has some spare time to drop into Wolverhampton Art Gallery.


Councillor Mak Singh attended the exhibition with his grandfather. Councillor Mak commented, “The exhibition has won much acclaim from Punjabis but also from arts organisations, institutions and Wolverhampton University lecturers have written reviews along with others about the exhibition. The exhibition has been curated in such a way that it is at the nexus of arts and archive, the visitor will certainly see and feel experience of the visual exhibition and yet there is so much detail and information about the exhibition on display.”

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