A Brief History

The arrival of people from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean has transformed and continues to transform England. The Another England project is gathering your photos and memories to help tell the story of our rich multicultural heritage through place. With help from the public, we are plotting the buildings and places where Black and Asian people have settled, worked and socialised on the Another England map. With each place you plot on the map, you can also share your photos and memories.

From 1918 - 2018, the project spans the period from the end of the Great War through to what will in 2018 be the 70th anniversary of the British Nationality Act. This period saw the break-up of the Empire and the devastation of the country through two World Wars.

Another England draws attention to the role that Black and Asian people have played in the building of the nation into a vibrant multicultural society whilst recognising the challenges they have faced and continue to face.

The project is exploring themes of Origins, Home, Work, Culture, Racism & Resistance and Place.

  • A man wearing a turban stands in front of the Indian inspired gateway of the Muslim Burial Ground, Horsell Common, Surrey. A wall pierced with Indian style tracery surrounds the cemetery.


    England's modern multicultural population owes much to our imperial past.

  • Two boys at Paddington Station. Black and white photo taken in 1960s.


    When asked where we come from, our first thought is usually of what we consider to be home.

  • Chefs wearing whites at work in the kitchen at Wheelers Sovereign Restaurant. The chef in the foreground is talking on a telephone. Black and white photo taken 1960-1980.


    In the 1950s there were government led recruitment drives in former colonies.

  • An informal portrait of a young black woman buying fruit at an unidentified open air market in north london, with a man looking back over his shoulder at her.

    Racism and Resistance

    People from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia were encouraged by government to come to England, but on arrival often faced racism and discrimination.

  • Black and white photo by John Gay of Notting Hill Carnival goers walking along a street.


    The identities of people coming to England were and still are, as varied as the number of people arriving.

  • Granville Arcade, now Brixton Village, 2016 with shoppers and the vegetable display of a Caribbean food store in the foreground.


    People migrating and settling in England have transformed our sense of place and our everyday experience of the world around us.