A NEW exhibition will shine a light on Ugandan Asian migration stories as well as the Windrush generation.

Held alongside the University of Bradford, Journeys of Hope will be on show at Bradford Cathedral between October and November.

The exhibitions will open up important dialogue between different journeys made by two communities to our city of sanctuary.

People will also hear positive stories of Bradford’s own black history, as well as stories of migration to our city of sanctuary.

Professor Zahir Irani, deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Bradford and a Ugandan refugee, said: “Hope, faith and commitment shape our thoughts and actions. A society that embraces diversity is a stronger society that can unite communities to be more impactful in sharing the fruits of our collective wisdom and actions.”

It will run from Wednesday, October 4, to Tuesday, November 14, around the East End of Bradford Cathedral.

‘Journeys of Hope’ will launch with a guest panel between 7pm and 9pm, where visitors can listen to people’s own experiences of journeying to Bradford and contributions.

The free event will conclude with refreshments and a chance to explore the exhibitions. Tickets can be bought via Cathedral’s website.

Speakers include Nigel Guy MBE, director of Windrush Generations UK, talking about the story of Windrush; Shamim Eimaan, director of Eimaan Culture and Community Services CIC, discussing the story of Ugandan Asian migration; Professor Zahir Irani, who will give personal stories from the Ugandan Asian communities and their contributions to Bradford life; Dr Manoj Joshi MBE DL, a Ugandan refugee who has led on bringing this exhibition to Bradford; and The Revd Ned Lunn, Bradford Cathedral’s Canon for Intercultural Mission and the Arts, who will be chairing a panel discussion with the speakers.

Dr Manoj Joshi MBE DL, a Ugandan refugee, philanthropist, businessman and pharmacist, said: “Through adversity and courage, we embark on our 'Journeys of Hope,' weaving stories of resilience, unity, and a brighter future, reminding the world that refuge is not the end but a chapter in our unwritten epics."

It is a poignant moment as the exhibition takes place during the 75th anniversary of the Windrush generation.

Nigel Guy MBE, director at Windrush Generations, said: “This exhibition is about personal movement, sacrifices and the change for better lives. It records and preserves for future generations the untold stories which should never be forgotten of the people from around the Commonwealth who migrated to the UK.

"This includes the Windrush generation elders and their descendants who have shared some of their stories, to increase understanding of their experiences, and reflect on the memories of growing up in the Caribbean and of their personal stories of life in the UK.”