A Brief History of Black and Asian History in England

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 have plotted buildings and places where Black and Asian people have settled, worked and socialised on the Another England map. 

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.

  • Origins

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

  • Home

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

  • Work

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

  • 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.

  • Culture

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

  • Place

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