British Asian Histories

Course summary

British Asian Histories


The growth of a South Asian presence in Britain was a major change in twentieth century British history. From several thousand South Asian residents before the Second World War to today’s large and well-established communities with origins in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka settled across Britain. How did these communities begin and what were the challenges and the opportunities that the first generations faced in establishing their lives in the UK? What are the different historical approaches through which this story can be told? Is there one, singular British Asian history at all? This Day School – timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Windrush - will draw on the latest and most innovative research from cultural, social and political history about British Asian lives and help to explain the important place of this Asian ‘Windrush’ story in the wider British social and political history of the 20th century.


Programme details

9.15am             Registration

9.30am            Welcome and Introduction: passengers, sojourners,

                        settlers, citizens

                        YASMIN KHAN

                        University of Oxford

10.00am          The Political Networks of British Asians, c.1885-1945

                        SUMITA MUKHERJEE

                        University of Bristol

11.00am           Coffee/tea

11.30am            Part of the family? South Asian ayahs in Britain c.1870-1939

                         OLIVIA ROBINSON

                         University of Oxford

12.30pm           Lunch

2.00pm            Toffee men, travelling drapers and black-market perfumers

                         – South Asians and their networks of petty trade in early

                         twentieth century Britain

                         DAVID HOLLAND

                         University of Sheffield

3.00pm            Tea/Coffee

3.30pm            British Asian Histories? Roundtable discussion with DAVID



4.30pm           Course disperses



Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House on Friday and / or Saturday night.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email  for details of availability and prices.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.



Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £67.00
Baguette: £4.90
Hot Lunch: £14.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses




David Holland


University of Sheffield

Dr Sumita Mukherjee


Senior Lecturer in History, University of Bristol

Olivia Robinson


University of Oxford


Dr Yasmin Khan

Director of Studies

Associate Professor, British History, Oxford


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.