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, University of Nottingham and teach American undergraduates in London for Global Education Oregon, and I've also been visiting professor at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, south India.
This website is about my enthusiasms, interests and the issues and topics which have caught my attention. These range from contemporary Kashmir (the subject of my PhD) 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!
August 16: on the Partition Voices page, video of my talk on 'Remembering Partition' at the National Army Museum
August 6: the story of temperance and billiards on Battersea Rise
July 15: finding Toyah Sofaer
July 2: the glories of Morley public library - an unexpected treasure
June 25: at Gallan Head on the far west of Scotland's Western Isles
May 29: one of those magic moments - my unfancied team wins at Wembley
May 5: a marvellous socialist pamphlet with a fascinating provenance
April 3: back to where they came from ... Tibetan Muslims in Kashmir
March 31: Srinagar's Jamia Masjid, the best of traditional Kashmiri architecture
March 24: the culmination of my term teaching TV journalism in Chennai
Feb 4: homage to Annie Besant, the latest instalment of 'a term in Chennai'
November 17: school kids' Oz and the obscenity trial it provoked