Curious Camden Town
co-authored with Martin Plaut
and great photos by Brian Kelly
Welcome to my website
My name is Andrew Whitehead. After 35 years with the BBC as correspondent, presenter and latterly Editor of BBC World Service News, I am now a historian, lecturer and freelance journalist. I am an honorary professor at the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham and at Queen Mary, University of London: I'm also senior visiting research fellow at the King's India Institute at King's College, London.
This website is about my enthusiasms, interests and the issues and topics which have caught my attention. These range from contemporary Kashmir to representations of London in fiction, from the Liberal campaigning anthem 'The Land Song' to my collections of political pamphlets and memorabilia.
I've posted on the site some material which I hope may be of interest to researchers - listings of my interviews with those who lived through Partition in South Asia, my recordings of the recollections of British political activists, a visual record of Kashmir in the turbulent year of 1947, and the audio of some of the radio documentaries I have compiled and presented.
There's a blog too - do take a look. And I'd be very keen to hear from you about the site and its contents - here's where you can contact me. Thanks for paying my website a visit - do come again.
What's new on this site!
September 3: the Big Issue, Victorian style - a penny handbill as alms for those out of work
August 26: a really exciting discovery - the personal papers of the leading O'Brienite, George E. Harris
July 17: the Mercers' Maidens of London's Covent Garden - or what you can come across on a stroll down Long Acre
June 19: the Ayahs' Home in Hackney
June 18: a visit to the old haunt of William Morris's Hammersmith Socialist Society
June 5: Zainul Abedin's unsettling images of the Bengal famine of 1943 - drawn to accomany Ela Sen's short stories Darkening Days
May 18: Brian Cook's wonderful cover design for The Spirit of London
April 18: a screening of 'Sapphire' at the Dartmouth Park Film Club - and how Earl Cameron stole the show ... on the blog
March 29: here's Ranga Bedi in Bangalore, my host as I was researching the life of his remarkable mother, Freda Bedi
March 11: lamenting the death of Lucknow's peerless bookseller, 95-year-old Ram Advani
February 14: a look round forsaken Fortis Green - where Ray Davies escaped from!