This family-friendly exhibition, launching on 15 July, will tell the story of the close connections between Britain and India, Pakistan and Bangladesh from 1600 to the present day. It will show how those connections have influenced our food, culture, fashion, politics and heritage and made us who we are today.
The exhibition continues the partnership between the British Library and the Library of Birmingham, bringing together their rich and complementary collections to illustrate this important but little-known aspect of British and local history. There will be over 100 exhibits which highlight many different voices from the past.
The exhibition aims to capture Birmingham's importance in global trade and as a centre of industry.
Mirror of British Merchandise, 1888 (Image courtesy of the British
The Library of Birmingham collections include stunning images by local photographers past and present which will be showcased in the exhibition. The image below is from the Dyche Collection, 1950-c1975, MS 2912. (Image courtesy of the Library of Birmingham)
Please see the Library of Birmingham’s website for activities throughout the duration of the exhibition, such as family days, oral history training and talks at local libraries.
The exhibition and community engagement programme have been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Head of India Office Records at the British Library and exhibition curator
Asians in Britain web pages
The Library of Birmingham’s website for details of opening hours and events