On 21 March 2013, the Brew House Room in Osterley Park was the venue for an introductory meeting with community representatives from the Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Hounslow, the Tamil Community Centre, Hounslow and volunteers from the Hounslow area. The meeting was attended by Professor Margot Finn and Dr Kate Smith from the East India Company at Home project, Cultural Engagement Fellow Dr Yuthika Sharma, and Claire Reed and Kelly Wood from the National Trust. Professor Margot Finn gave the participants an overview of the EICAH project as well as the upcoming exhibition and oral history display at Osterley House scheduled from July to November, 2013. We invited the participants’ feedback and offered to further our outreach into the community through information meetings at community venues in the coming weeks. We are continuing our effort to engage with the local community in Osterley and in Hounslow and are expecting a meaningful response to the oral history recording sessions planned for early April at Osterley House.
‘Trappings of Trade: A Domestic Story of the East India Company’, will be on display at Osterley Park and House from 27 July to 3 November 2013.