Reference NumberP/RAU
TitlePapers of Mahmoud A Rauf
DescriptionPapers including details of his activities with the Brick lane Business Association, the first Baishakhi Mela and the Nazrul Festival.

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Extent1 file and 64 digital images
AdminHistoryMahmoud A Rauf became involved in politics and community work in 1968 in Tower Hamlets. He was involved in local community organisations, many of which Mr Rauf founded and chaired. These include the following:
Founder and 1st chair/convenor: Baishakhi Mela 1998 to 1999
Chair: Bengali National Cultural Society : Since 1984
Committee member of Bengali National Cultural Society: Since 1969.
Founder and Chair: Brick Lane Business Association: Since 1995
Chair: Davenant Centre, 179 Whitechapel Road: From 1984 to 2000
Chair: Tower Hamlets community empowerment network (THCEN): 2005 to 2007
Chair: Community Organisation Forum (COF): 2003
Founder and Chair: Ethnic Minority Enterprise Project (EMEP): 1995 to 2006
Director : Cityside Regeneration LTD: 1906 to 1999
Chair: Banglatown Consultative Forum: 1996
CustodialHistoryThese records were collected as part of a Bengali Collections Development project by Shahera Begum, Heritage Trainee during 2011. She also interviewed individuals and created oral histories, see collection ref: O/BEE and brochure 'The Bengali East End: Histories of Life and Work in Tower Hamlets'. Visit

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RelatedMaterialExplore the following individual collections listed below which are held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives. They have been received as part of an ongoing Bengali Collections Development project since 2011. The list provides the collection reference number and collection name.

B/LEA Tom Learmonth Photography
B/SEH Shepheard Epstein and Hunter, architects

Institutional organisations:
I/BRA Banglatown Restaurants Associations
I/EME Ethnic Minority Enterprise
I/KNC Kobi Nazrul Centre
I/TTF Tower Hamlets Training Forum and Bengali Mahila Samity

Local authority:
L/THL/G/2/2 London Borough of Tower Hamlets: council papers on Altab Ali Park

Oral histories:
O/BEE Bengali East End oral histories

Papers of individuals:
P/EAD John Eade
P/EVE John Eversley
P/GOS Bidhan Goswami (including P/GOS/1/1 Bangladesh Welfare Association and P/GOS/2 Brick Lane Mosque publications)
P/MIN Kendrio Shaheed Minar
P/RAU Mahmoud A Rauf
P/SIE Alice Sielle
P/UDD Mrs Uddin
P/ULH Rafique Ullah
P/ULL Ansar Ahmed Ullah

S/BYL Bangladesh Youth League
Access StatusOpen
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