Opening on the 30th of January 2019, the National Trust’s A Home Away from Home: The India Club was a site-specific exhibition that shined a light on the rich social history of this iconic club on the Strand and showcased its significance as a meeting point and community space, initially for migrants arriving from the Indian subcontinent, and gradually spreading to a wider intellectual community.
Hosted in the club itself at 143 Strand, the exhibition warmly invited visitors to immerse themselves in interactive audio exhibits and hear the first-hand stories of people connected with the Club: from freedom fighters and descendants of its founding members to former staff, BBC reporters who worked in nearby Bush House, as well as artists and writers. The exhibition accompanied a programme of supper clubs, artist talks, screenings and conversations. Collaborators include the Migration Museum, Chocolate Films, Comfort Food Stories, Migrateful, and artist collective Specular Assembly.
Image: India Club restaurant today, courtesy of the National Trust.