Chai Experience: Share your memories

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


What is the Chai Experience?

We are a Social Heritage project that aims to; record, collect and collate memories and artefacts from the 1950s onwards of the South Asian community in Nottingham .

We are looking for photos, written documents, small objects and ephemera. This material will be shared to celebrate the impact and influence that Asian citizens have made on the rich social heritage of Nottingham.

The collected material will be kept at the Local Studies Library as a unique collection documenting South Asian social history. Including online access, a touring exhibition and resource packs.

Chai Experience is funded by the NationalLottery Heritage Fund and Nottingham City Council.

Photos from the 60s and 70s

How to take part - Chai events

We want to talk to people from Nottingham, we'll be popping up at events across the city and in various Nottingham City Libraries, to share a cup of tea, a snack, to hear their stories and reminiscences of life in Nottingham.

Urdu Calligraphy for beginners: Monday 20 January 2020 at Wollaton Library

Experienced Calligrapher and Youth Worker Javeed Akhtar will demonstrate and teach the basics of Urdu Calligraphy using a range of materials. Participants will be able to take examples of their work away with them.

The workshop is free but spaces are limited to 20 people, book your free place here.


We'll be posting more events here soon - why not sign up to our Libraries Newsletter, you'll get updates on the Chai project and alerts about events via email.

Or keep checking our library special events calendar, there are lots of other great events listed there too!

You can contact us directly the details are below.

Picture of Chai Experience stallPicture of asian snacksPicture of the Chai Experience stall

Volunteer opportunities

The exciting Chai Experience project will celebrate and showcase Nottingham’s Asian Social Heritage in the 1950s and 60s.

We are looking for volunteers to support and encourage people to share their personal experiences and memorabilia of life in Nottingham.  The 18 month project will run at 4 libraries; Nottingham Central, Wollaton, Dales Centre (Sneinton) and Hyson Green and will form a collection of resources for our Local Studies department.

Full details and how to apply are on our Volunteer in Libraries page.

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Contact Us

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Phone: 0115 9152828


Post: Chai Experience - Floor 3 office
Nottingham Central Library
Angel Row