Migration Histories

We work to raise awareness of diverse histories through collaborative projects and events.

Close-up of South Asian audience members sitting in an auditorium.

50th anniversary of the arrival of Ugandan Asians in Britain. Credit: BUA P Solanki, Lucy Vickers

To mark Windrush 75 in 2023, the Outreach team contributed to the community engagement strand of The National Archives programme.

On the 4 August 1972, Ugandan President Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of all Asians from Uganda. 50 years later, The National Archives worked with partners British Ugandan Asians at 50 to host a commemorative panel debate headed by leading British Ugandan Asians from the fields of media, medicine, politics and business.

The National Archives Outreach team has developed new projects on Indian indenture researching our collections and writings on indenture to support collaborative projects with Nutkhut and BAATN.

The Outreach team at The National Archives is looking at developing resources with education colleagues that will help improve understanding and access to our rich collection of records relating to the recognition of Bangladesh as an independent country.

Several years in the making, the 1919 Race Riots Project helped mark the 100th anniversary of this important moment in history.

As part of Black History Month, the Outreach team at The National Archives set up a display at Roehampton Library, sharing a selection of our photographic records of everyday life in Africa and the Caribbean.

To mark the 70th anniversary of Partition this project worked with a number of partners to creatively respond to this important commemoration.

In marking the end of the First World War we embarked on a project to recognise the contribution of colonial seafarers, many of whom came from what today is Pakistan, and whose stories link with more recent migrations. 

We worked with community groups to share and explore our collection of Caribbean images with some remarkable results.

In 2012, the Outreach team organised a day to reflect, remember and at times celebrate the lives and experiences of those who left Uganda for Britain.

We recorded the narratives of four Panjabi elders uprooted from their homeland during the Partition of British India in 1947.