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 and also senior visiting research fellow at the King's India Institute at King's College, London. And just at the moment I'm in Chennai in South India as visiting professor at the Asian College of Journalism.
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!
Feb 13: in search of Chennai's 'lost' Baghdadi Jewish cemetery
Feb 4: homage to Annie Besant, the latest instalment of 'a term in Chennai'
Jan 13: skull, crossbones ... and a Cappuccino, the cafe in the crypt
Jan 2: the onetime Hamburg Lutheran Church in Hackney - encountered in my New Year ramble
Dec 3: this is the bewitching French Ordinary Court, just off Crutched Friars
November 17: school kids' Oz and the obscenity trial it provoked
November 4: a top notch pub sign, a mosaic in Holborn - the pub's named after a ship that sailed to the Arctic in the 1850s in search of a missing explorer.
October 19: a voyage round my father - and a voyage round Morley and Gildersome, where he (and I) grew up
October 12: this is Edward Truelove, a radical and freethought bookseller and publisher - and here's the story behind a graveside tribute to him delivered by G.J. Holyoake
August 26: a really exciting discovery - the personal papers of the leading O'Brienite, George E. Harris