Monday, 14 December 2015


Umrao Atwal posing for a photo before sharing his memories of IWA

Crew in action before talking to Om Dogra the first IWA full time worker way back in the mid 60s

Ranjit sharing moments with Om Dogra

Mr H Dhillon (IWA Welfare Workerin the 1960s and later General Secretary of IWA sharing his thoughts) 

Mr Krishan Bhatia (IWA Worker 1970s being interviewed)

Filming crew getting ready

Filming crew checking camera focus before rolling

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Interviews 4/12/15

Interview with Paramjit Takhar, nephew of one of the founding members of the IWA and ex-IWA committee member

Interview with Joginder Singh Saroe member of IWA Bhangra in the 60s

                             Interview with Pritam Sandhu (Ex-Treasurer of IWA)

Interviews 3/12/15

Interview with Gurdial Dhami (IWA President)

                                Interview with Resham Samra Ex IWA Committee member

                                  Interview with Oliver New (Trade Unionist)

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Interviews and Training Sessions

Share your story about Southall in the 1950s/60s/70s

Did you or your parents live in Southall in the 1950s/60s/70s? Do you remember going to the Dominion cinema? Do you remember the IWA? Were you involved in any cultural/political etc events? Do you have any old newspaper cutting or articles about Southall during these decades? Are you interesting in volunteering to organise an exhibition or contributing to a book or film on the IWA?

We'd love to hear your experiences and stories about life in Southall to contribute to our project.

Second Training Session on Camera Skills and Interviewing Techniques

On November 14th and 15th volunteers continuing hands-on camera training and interviewing techniques.

First Training Session on Documentary Film-making

On November 7th and 8th volunteers practicing their video camera and sound skills for the documentary film.

Volunteer's Meeting

 In September some of the volunteers discussing the project's contents, which materials to research and viewing old archive films.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Public Launch Event

 Over 30 people came along to the launch event at the Dominion Centre on the 23rd July 2015.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Photos needed

Did you or your parents live in Southall in the 1950s/1960s
We NEED old IWA photos
We are particularly keen to identify individuals who (or whose parents) settled in Southall during this early period and who may have been involved in/with IWA, have first-hand knowledge of key events in the history of IWA or have access to information e.g. old photographs, newspaper articles etc.

Volunteers Needed


A Film, Booklet & Exhibition on IWA (Southall)

Be part of an exciting project to preserve our history for future generations

Are  you interested in being involved in a unique project which will record the history of IWA,  the contributions of the early immigrants who settled in Southall in the 1950s and 1960s, who laid the foundation of the IWA, campaigned  against discrimination & equal rights and established Southall as an icon of the Asian community  nationally.

We are looking for volunteers to help us with

·         Finding and making contact with  key people who settled in Southall in the 1950s and 1960s
·         Getting  information  & community research work e.g. old photos, newspaper articles of key events in IWA/Southall
·         recording interviews with key people on tape and video film
·         translating and interpreting work ( Panjabi) 
·         researching information  via library, websites etc
·         running and maintaining our website and blog
·         making a film, creating an exhibition or booklet

Anyone  aged 16 and over can volunteer


Training for Volunteers interested in getting involved in making a film, creating an exhibition, booklet or website available.  See overleaf

Contact Balraj Purewal on 0788 2537226  or email:

Desi Radio

Desi Radio hosts live 1 hour interview with Balraj Purewal  on IWA Legacy project on 24 June 2015

Launch Event

Launch Event:  Thursday 23rd July 2015 at Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall. UB2 4JJ at 6:30 pm

60 Years of IWA: Legacy & Contribution project will be launched on 23/7/2015. Call IWA on 0208 574 7283 and book a place

Launch will feature debate/define key historical events/people in history of IWA

Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Project Begins...

60 years of Indian Workers Association (IWA): Legacy & Contribution

is a project that aims to collect, preserve and communicate the heritage of the IWA, the oldest and largest community organisation in the UK established in 1956 by people from the India Diaspora.

IWA meeting The project will record and preserve the histories and contributions of survivors and 'first generation' families who settled in Southall in the 1950s and 1960s, laid the foundation of the Asian community and established both IWA and Southall as an icon for the Asian and wider BME community nationally to emulate.