Free Sri Lankan Exhibition at the Kia Oval This Weekend


Published: 14th May, 2014

Surrey CCC has a long history of partnership with Sri Lanka and this weekend, as we lead into next week’s internationals, the Kia Oval hosts the ‘Herstories’ exhibition in the Long Room.

This archival project focuses on mothers from the South and North of the country, highlighting their strength in the face of adversity, and their hopes for their children’s and Sri Lanka’s future.

The free exhibition will run from Saturday May 16th at 10am to Monday May 19th at 8pm. It will conclude with a special event, featuring a keynote speech from Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara. Entrance for this event is also free of charge but numbers are strictly limited and places must be booked beforehand by e-mailing

This project chooses to archive the stories of mothers – the guardians of their family history – thereby recording the story of an entire family. The stories are extraordinary lives of ordinary people, becoming a collective peoples’ history that inspires and layers our ‘text-book’ version of history with the rich narratives of individuals’ lives.

These ‘Herstories’ will not only add to the culture of oral tradition and story telling in Sri Lanka, they will contribute to bringing diverse groups together through the lives of others. The project has collected 270 oral histories, recounting personal histories, experiences and hopes – some through hand-written letters; some through photo essays; some through short video; and some through collective timelines and memory mapping, and visual story telling exercises such as the ’tree of life’. They are displayed in English, Sinhala and Tamil.

The exhibition is being staged in the Long Room from Saturday 16th to Monday 18th May. Entrance is free of charge and if you are attending the ground to view the exhibition, please enter via the Hobbs Gate at the Pavilion End. To book your place at the closing event with Kumar Sangakkara, please click here.

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