The Colonised in Cages

Human zoos. It is an inhuman, barbaric concept that has been implemented time and time again to degrade and humiliate those that were seen to be inferior to the white man. One of the first instances of the exhibition of ‘exotic’ people to the public for entertainment purposes[1] was the case of South African Saartjie…

Buried in a foreign “no man’s land”

Would you leave your home, your family, your friends, to protect a nation that had controlled your motherland for more than 100 years? Well you’d be surprised to know that over 1.5 million people did[1]. These people were Indian soldiers who in WW1 answered Britain’s desperate call to help them win the war. You probably…

Not so black and white

If I asked you when did Britain start to become a more racially mixed community, you might answer that this was probably when the ship Windrush arrived in Britain in 1948 bringing with it citizens of the Caribbean who are now known as the Windrush generation[1]. However, you might be surprised to know that the…

The Grand Old Man of India

Dadabhai Naoroji On Monday 25th July 1892, Dadabhai Naoroji became the first Indian national to be elected as an MP into parliament. This was an unprecedented moment for India. Why? Because a Mumbai born citizen had won a seat on the government that ruled over them. Like me you’re probably wondering how a subject of…

The black face of Chartism

To imagine a world in which men couldn’t vote due to their class or wealth seems impossible today, however this was the case in 19th century Britain. During this period poverty was rife and nothing was being done by those in power to change this. Society seemed to be structured in a way that meant…

Blood stained sugar at the British tea table

How did women participate in the abolitionist boycotts of Caribbean sugar in the 1770s-1790s? When we imagine the British tea table, we think of a peaceful scene. A warm cup of tea sits on the table served with some biscuits and maybe even a slice of cake. I for one imagine a scene that could have…