The establishment of the East India Company in 1600 began a complex relationship between Britain and India that would mark major shifts in the culture and history of both nations. This trading relationship, combined with Britain’s long imperial rule in India, led to far reaching changes and a steady migration of Asians from all walks of life to Britain. These webpages trace the long history of Asians in Britain, focusing on the period 1858-1950. They explore the subject through contemporary accounts, posters, pamphlets, diaries, newspapers, political reports and illustrations, all evidence of the diverse and rich contributions Asians have made to British life.
Historical background to the relationship between Britain and India.
Interactive timeline featuring historical sources relating to South Asians in Britain.
Expansion of trade and Empire, and the first South Asians to settle in Britain.
Earning a living and making a home in Britain.
Notable South Asians in 19th and 20th century British and Indian politics.
Asian arts, sports and intellectual contributions to British life and culture.
The people and organisations behind the vast South Asian contributions in the World Wars.