At the end of 2017, a striking photographic exhibition telling the story of Indians in Britain toured the UK. Curated to coincide with the India-UK Year of Culture for 2017, the exhibition grew out of a decade-long research projects exploring South Asian and Indian-British connections. Spanning almost two centuries – from the period of the British Raj through to the better-known era of post-war migration to today – the exhibition was an illuminating visual history of India’s impact on Britain’s cultural, intellectual and political life, national and global politics, human rights and equality, the arts and sport.
Today (26th January 2018), the Open University, in collaboration with the University of Exeter and the High Commission of India and the Nehru Centre, launched an interactive digital timeline of images. The timeline is a fantastic visual resource and brings together photographs included in the exhibition alongside other images from the last 200 years.
Famous personalities are celebrated, alongside images of the ordinary and every day. The images also document moments of adversity and the discrimination faced by those who made their homes here in Britain. From giants of history to the unnamed and unrecognised, the exhibition shines a light on the many individuals who have shaped British life.
At the Heart of the Nation: A photographic timeline celebrating India in Britain’.
The timeline was conceived and curated by Professor Susheila Nasta (OU/QMUL) in collaboration with Dr Florian Stadtler (Exeter) and Dr Maya Parmar (OU). It is based on archival sources from previous projects, Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950 (funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council between 2007-10), and Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections (2011-13) and ‘At the Heart of the Nation’ exhibition (2017).
Click here to visit ‘At the Heart of the Nation: A photographic timeline celebrating India in Britain‘.
This provides information on over 450 South Asians in Britain from 1870 to 1950, the organisations they were involved in, their British connections and the major events in which they participated.
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