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The Chai Experience

Celebrating South Asian heritage and its influence on Nottingham, supported by Nottingham City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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What is the Chai Experience? 

We are a social heritage project working with Nottingham’s South Asian citizens. Beginning in 2019 the project was paused during the Covid-19 pandemic but is now back up and running.

We want to talk to more people about their experience of coming to live in Nottingham, to find out about their lives in the City in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.  We also want to collect more photos, written documents, small objects and ephemera. The Nottingham Local Studies Library has a unique collection documenting social heritage since the 1700’s but, there is a gap recording the influence of Asian citizens and culture.

The heritage material gathered by the Chai Experience will be curated, interpreted, and shared by Nottingham Local Studies Library, celebrating the impact and influence of Asian citizens on the rich social heritage of Nottingham.

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How to take part

Share your memories at one of our Chai events, where you can:

Enjoy a cup of Chai and a snack, share your stories and reminiscences of life in Nottingham.  Across many cultures the experience of drinking Chai tea together breaks down barriers and brings people together.

Share letters, documents, postcards, photos, wedding invitations or other ephemera that illustrate the story of your move to Nottingham and experiences living here or just tell us about it.

If you missed our latest sessions at Hyson Green Library then please get in touch, or check back here regularly for more events.

For more information contact Nottingham Local Studies library on LocalStudies.library@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Young south asian couple : share your memories with Chai Experience

Get in touch

Please email us on LocalStudies.library@nottinghamcity.gov.uk if you are from the South Asian community and would like to:

  • Share your experiences of living in Nottingham
  • Have letters, documents, postcards, photos, wedding invitations, work records or any other ephemera that we can keep in our archives

Become a Chai volunteer

If you would like to volunteer you can find the full details on our new volunteer portal

Three generations of family together on couch old typewriter with text 'Everyone Has A Story' Old photos indistinct with old hand completed forms
Three generations of family together on couch
old typewriter with text 'Everyone Has A Story'
Old photos indistinct with old hand completed forms
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