Another England: Mapping 100 Years of our Black and Asian Heritage
March 2017 – June 2018
Mapping 100 years of England’s history from the perspective of Black and Asian people, Another England tells the story of the country’s rich multicultural heritage through place. The project is in line with Historic England’s ambition to tell everyone’s stories. The project aims to enrich the established and understood histories of England with more diverse, open accounts. A more inclusive account of our history will enable more people to enjoy the historic environment.
Another England is in a constant state of becoming. From the moment Britain began to colonise Africa and Asia and other parts of the world, another England has existed in the hearts and minds of those destined to come here. That other England has often differed dramatically from the one that people have been confronted with when they arrived in the mother country. And within the buildings, places and communities that they adopted, adapted and built, another England emerged. The story of the people from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia who came to settle here as a result of our colonial history is also England’s story.
Another England combines insights from historians, architects and curators with a public campaign to gather personal histories and uncover a much broader picture of England’s past that encompasses the perspectives and histories of People of Colour. Pidgin Perfect and their project team have been commissioned by Historic England to take an innovative approach to exploring Black & Asian history and the nation’s buildings and spaces.
Please contribute to the mapping at anotherengland.co.uk