Reference NumberP/ULL
TitlePapers of Ansar Ahmed Ullah
DescriptionPersonal papers of Ansar Ahmed Ullah relating to his involvement in community activism in the East End of London. These records include BASUG - the Bangladesh Support Group, Joi Bangla Banned - Bengali rock band, Altab Ali Foundation and Bangladeshi youth organisations.

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AdminHistoryAnsar Ahmed Ullah is a community activist who has lived and worked in the East End of London since the 1980s. He has worked as a youth, social and community worker and has been an active anti-racist campaigner. He has been involved with the Labour Party, a member of Joi Bangla Banned a 1990s Bengali rock band, Gravity and Bangladesh Support Group (BASUG).

Joi Bangla Banned began with a youth organisation, the League of Joi Bangla Youth. Three separate entities originated from this youth organisation. Initially, some members Shamsher brothers and others of the organisation formed Joi Bangla Sounds (later known as Joi - an alternative dub/dance music DJ team). It was a sound system with DJs who went on to produce records. Then Joi Bangla Crew was formed to accompany Joi Bangla sounds - a dance outfit. And finally the Joi Bangla Banned was formed. This was a conventional rock band which Ansar was involved in.

Ansar Ahmed Ullah has also been a member of the Management Committee of Swadhinata Trust. The Swadhinata Trust is a project of the Nirmul Committee created in 2000 to work and promote Bengali heritage with young people on a voluntary basis. Mr. Ullah was one of the founding members of Baishakhi Mela representing Nirmul Committee which was founded in 1992. He sat on the Committee on behalf of Council's Regeneration Officer because the department funded the Baishakhi Mela. As a member Mr. Ullah received papers related to Baishakhi Mela in which Banglatown Arts & Cultural Trust was one of the organiser. In his role as a Council Officer for the Regeneration Department, Mr. Ullah also received papers relating to Brick Lane Festival.

Mr. Ullah is also a founding member and the Organising Secretary of Altab Ali Foundation established in 2010 as Altab Ali Memorial Foundation. Therefore, he keeps/collects materials related to Altab Ali Park. The park was renamed Altab Ali Park in 1998 in memory of Altab Ali, a 25-year-old Bangladeshi clothing worker, who was murdered on 4 May 1978 in Adler Street by three teenage boys as he walked home from work. At the entrance to the park is an arch created by David Peterson, developed as a memorial to Altab Ali and other victims of racist attacks.
The Shaheed Minar ("Martyr Monument"), which commemorates the Bengali Language Movement stands in the southwest corner of Altab Ali Park. This is where the ceremony takes place. The monument is a smaller replica of one in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and symbolises a mother and the martyred sons.
CustodialHistorySome of these records were collected as part of a Bengali Collections Development project by Shahera Begum, Heritage Trainee during 2011. For the brochure 'The Bengali East End: Histories of Life and Work in Tower Hamlets'. Visit

This material significantly broadened the range of collections from and about the Bengali community in Tower Hamlets. If you would like to add further material to our collections please contact us.
RelatedMaterialSee further records of Ansar Ahmed Ullah submitted as part of the Coronarvirus Collection (P/COV/2/14).

Further images of events are in our Image Collection. These images were deposited by Ansar Ahmed Ullah and Swadhinata Trust. They include events including the Trust's launch, Altab Ali commemorations and Bangladesh Youth League. The image references are:
P33791-P33793, P33806-33815, P33880-P33882, P33885-P33886, P33889, P33891-P33895.

'Bengalis in London's East End' by Ansar Ahmed Ullah and John Eversley, 2010. Swadhinata Trust. Library ref: LC2168 Class 440 EVE.

Further records of Nirmul Committee (from 1992) and Swadhinata Trust (oral history recordings and transcripts, 2006 relating to the history of UK Bengali community) are held at the Bishopsgate Institute.

Explore 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
AccessConditionsSome material within this collection has been closed under the current Data Protection legislation as the records concerned contain personal data. Please check specific items for details and refer any queries to the Heritage Officer (Archives).
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