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 a senior visiting research fellow at the King's India Institute at King's College, London and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham.
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!
June 21: a splendid relief of 'Albert King of the Belgians' in a back street Camden church - a legacy of one of the UK's biggest refugee influxes
June 13: exclusive to this site, Shanti Swarup Ambardar's dramatic account of living through Kashmir's political turbulence in the autumn of 1947
June 7: hidden away in Gospel Oak, a tiny nature reserve alongside the rail tracks
April 25: remembering Bill Fishman, historian of E. End + "anarcho-conformist"
March 28: Bluston's last Saturday
March 26: St Martin's, Gospel Oak, restored to its full gothic glory
February 12: "The last Emperor" - or leaving the BBC after 35 years
January 18: the ancient and wonderful Armenian church in Chennai
December 20: Ram Nahum revisited - a haunting Cambridge Communist love story from the forties
November 23: 'a Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul', the poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti - and first UK edition of his most famous verse collection
August 13: fascinating, compulsive, welcoming - my Burmese Days
This is the website of Andrew Whitehead.