Help map 100 years of our Black and Asian heritage

Another England

Mapping 100 years of our Black and Asian heritage

Help to mark out 100 years of England’s history from the perspective of Black and Asian people. The Another England map (above) and research will tell the story of our multicultural heritage through the cafes, churches, houses and workplaces where people gathered as communities have formed and settled in England. Share your own local knowledge, memories and photos using the Another England map above.


About Another England

The arrival of people from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean has transformed England’s culture, industry, economy, and national life. Only with the diverse accounts of these communities settling and becoming established over the last 100 years, can a modern history of England be complete.

With your help, this Another England project will enrich our knowledge of England’s history.

Do I need to know much about history to help?

Not at all! It’s the personal and family stories of Black and Asian people who have lived or settled in England since 1918 that we hope you’ll share on Another England’s map.

Historians, architects and curators will contribute to this project too - you can see who’s on the project team below. Your contributions will add new information as well as personal perspectives and depth.

What will happen to photos and stories added to the map?

When the project is complete and the research written up, we will have more knowledge about communities whose histories have been under-researched and under-represented, and we can share it with schools, universities and lots of other partners so everyone can enjoy studying and understanding more of this shared history. For more information see the Another England project terms and conditions.

What kind of photos and histories do you want?

The image of England forged in the hearts and minds of people destined to come here was often dramatically different from the one people found on arrival.

What do you know about the buildings and places that were important to your community as it became established? You may have memories of cafes, churches, houses or workplaces where people gathered with friends or family members. What seemed ordinary to you –everyday activities like sitting down for dinner, going shopping or going out – can build a vivid picture of everyday life. Do you have any photos, stories or information you could add to our map?

Historic England is the public body that protects and champions England’s historic environment. Our aim for this project is to enrich well-established and understood histories of England with more diverse, open accounts. We want to bring greater attention to the histories of under-researched and under-represented groups. A more inclusive account of our history will enable more people to enjoy the historic environment.

Pidgin Perfect has been commissioned by Historic England to lead a diverse project team that includes:

  • Historian Professor Hakim Adi
  • Black studies expert Dr Kehinde Andrews
  • Engagement specialist Janet Browne
  • Curator Kaia Charles
  • Architect Shahed Saleem
  • Artist Alberta Whittle

The project team is supported by a steering group of Black and Asian heritage and culture specialists who meet every two months.

2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. Many Black Britons, as well as thousands of Black and Asian soldiers from across the British Empire, fought in the war. The project takes this important year as its starting point.

There followed a century of enormous global change and waves of migration. The century since has seen Black and Asian people influence England’s culture, industry, economy, and national life as never before.

The project follows the histories of people arriving from countries in Africa, South and East Asia and the Caribbean.

The project will explore the reasons people came, including two world wars and established colonial and trade links. It will chart the places in which they settled, worked, and socialised. It will draw attention to the individuals and communities of Black and Asian descent that have made their mark on the places and buildings around us in these last 100 years.

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