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!
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
March 9: searching for Toyah Sofaer - born in Baghdad, buried in Chennai, the victim of a tragic love story
Feb 4: homage to Annie Besant, the latest instalment of 'a term in Chennai'
Jan 2: the onetime Hamburg Lutheran Church in Hackney - encountered in my New Year ramble
November 17: school kids' Oz and the obscenity trial it provoked