Magazine article Geographical

Moving Here: The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Has Recently Contributed a Collection of 2,500 Images to Be Used on a New Website to Provide Online Material on a Variety of Communities Who Have Migrated to England over the Past Two Centuries

Magazine article Geographical

Moving Here: The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Has Recently Contributed a Collection of 2,500 Images to Be Used on a New Website to Provide Online Material on a Variety of Communities Who Have Migrated to England over the Past Two Centuries

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Hosted by the Public Record Office (now part of the National Archives) and supported by the New Developments Fund, a new project, entitled Moving Here, will document and illustrate the migration of Irish, South Asian, West Indian and Jewish people to England. The website will enable users to search more than 150,000 items, including video clips, photographs, government records, maps, artwork, documents and oral histories. The material has been gathered together from the collections of 30 different museums, libraries and archives.

The Society's contribution concentrates on historical images of South Asia and the Caribbean. These fascinating images span the period from 1860 to 1940 and illustrate the landscapes, culture and daily lives of people in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as throughout the British West Indies.

The Moving Here website has four main themes--origins, journeys, settling and reconnecting. Not only will it present a chronological overview of migration to England from each of the countries involved, it will also explore the reasons people left their countries of origin and recount tales from their journeys to England. …

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