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!
January 8: 'Kashmir Celebrates Independence' [sic] - fabulous newsreel footage from 1948 posted here
December 10: an afternoon in Huddersfield Town's Cowshed
December 7: Viking warrior - sword in one hand, abducted woman in the other
November 7: ... but it's a start. A wonderful git of a huge badge collection.
November 2: on the death of Jinnah's daughter, Dina Wadia, an account of my meeting with her on Madison Avenue
September 22: my talk on Kashmir @ 70
September 16: the majesty of Morley Town Hall ... and the Asquith connection
August 29: Hadleigh Castle, looking down on the Essex marshes and the Estuary
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
April 3: back to where they came from ... Tibetan Muslims in Kashmir