The project

The ‘Asians in Britain’ Timeline and Microsite have been produced in collaboration with ‘Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections’, a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Working in close partnership with the British Library, the project has also curated a new facsimile panel exhibition ‘Beyond the Frame: India in Britain, 1858-1950’ touring India in 2011/2012 with the support of the British Council. In addition to the AHRC, the development of the current project has been enabled by financial support from The Open University, the British Library and the World Collections Programme. ‘Beyond the Frame’ expands and builds on the success of the cross-institutional 3-year AHRC research project ‘Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad’ (2007-10), led by Professor Susheila Nasta.

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Susheila Nasta is Professor of Modern Literature at The Open University and founding editor of the magazine of international contemporary writing Wasafiri. She has published several books and essays, including Home Truths: Fictions of the South Asian Diaspora in Britain (2002) and Writing Across Worlds: Contemporary Writers Talk (2004). She was Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research project ‘Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950’ (2007-10) and is Director of the follow-on project, ‘Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections’ (2011-12), partnered by the British Library and British Council. In 2011, she was awarded an MBE for services to black and Asian Literature.

Dr Florian Stadtler is Research Associate at The Open University, where he has worked on the AHRC-funded projects ‘Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950’ (2007-10) and ‘Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections’ (2011-12). He has published articles and essays on South Asian and British Asian history and literature, as well as Indian popular cinema. He is editor of a special issue of Wasafiri magazine, ‘Britain and India: cross-cultural encounters’ (June 2012). His monograph Fiction Film and Indian Popular Cinema: Rushdie’s Novels and the Cinematic Imagination is forthcoming with Routledge. He is reviews editor of Wasafiri.

Rozina Visram is a distinguished historian and educationalist. Her major publications include Ayahs, Lascars and Princes: Indians in Britain, 1700-1947 (Pluto, 1986) and Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History (Pluto, 2002). She has written several books for schools and has contributed to many publications, including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. She co-authored a pioneering report for the Geffrye Museum on presenting histories in a diverse society and was advisor and researcher to the Museum of London’s ‘Peopling of London’ exhibition. In 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The Open University. She was advisor to the ‘Making Britain’ project from 2007-2010 and consultant on the follow-on project, ‘Beyond the Frame’.


The British Library would like to thank Ayesha Ghanchi for her help creating the Asians in Britain website and timeline. Ayesha is an independent education curator, currently undertaking a PhD research studentship at Goldsmiths College and Tate examining education practices.