The British Muslim Heritage Centre (“BMHC”) in Manchester was set up to be a centre of excellence celebrating Islam’s rich and varied heritage, inspiring all communities to embrace diversity and be instrumental in the shaping of a cohesive society.
NMWMT Chair of Trustees Lord Sheikh is a patron of the BMHC. NMWMT Trustee Mohammed Amin has donated to the BMHC since the project first started.
From January 2016 to March 2018 the BMHC had a major exhibition “Stories of Sacrifice” in the main exhibition room to inform visitors about the major contribution Muslim servicemen made during World War 1. While that closed in 2018, all of the exhibition boards can still be seen by visitors to the BMHC as they walk through the buildings corridors.
From recruitment to burial, the exhibition gave an insight into the selfless sacrifice of Muslim soldiers, who valiantly fought for the freedoms and privileges that we take for granted in Great Britain and Europe today.
Complete with a virtual library, lesson plans and a toolkit for schools, this exhibition was the first long-term exhibition of its kind, devoted solely to exemplifying the Muslim community’s contribution and sacrifices during WW1.
While the exhibition is now closed, BMHC made a 5-minute video about it, and they have permitted us to share it below.