Activists, researchers and artists:
Dr Anne Samson is an independent historian who has published two books on the First World War in Africa and numerous articles on related themes including the role of the historical novel in writing history. She has also given various talks on aspects of the war in Africa.
Bani Abidi is interested in the language of power, and her newest work proposes an alternative, decidedly anti-monumental, form of memorial. Drawing on the archive of London based poet Amarjit Chandan, Abidis sound installation brings into dialogue two sets of voices, both largely overlooked in official accounts of the First World War.
The first are folksongs sung by the mothers, wives and sisters of Indian soldiers living in the Punjab, pleading with their menfolk not to go war. The antithesis of war songs, these ballads — recorded by the artist with folk singers in Pakistan — tell stories of longing, loss and the absurdity of war.
The second are the unheard voices drawn from letters written by Indian soldiers to their families from the front. Censored because of their frank accounts of the horrors of the war, these letters never reached their addressees. Memorial to Lost Words gives voice to these lost letters, through a freshly composed song by poet Amarjit Chandan, commemorating the lives of these forgotten soldiers through a profoundly oral tradition. ”
During the First World War, the Royal Pavilion was converted into a hospital for wounded Indian soldiers. It became one of the most famous military hospitals in Britain.
Carribbean’s Great War
The Caribbean’s Great War is a Heritage Lottery funded project to highlight the involvement of the Caribbean and her people in the First World War.
The Indian Army fought in every major theatre of operations during World War One. Letters home from Indian soldiers on the Western Front offer extraordinary insights into their feelings about the conflict and their impressions of European culture.
Imperial War Museum
Whose Remembrance? was IWM’s first AHRC-supported research project. It sought to investigate the state of research into the experiences of the peoples of Britain’s former empire in the two world wars, and the understanding and availability of this research to audiences and communities today.
Race Equality Centre
The Race Equality Centre’s exhibition, Together We Won the War, highlights the contribution of Britain’s Racial Minority Communities in World War 1 to mark the Centenary of the First World War.
Santanu Das is an Indian academic and author, a lecturer at King’s College London, and best known for his work on the literature of the First World War.
West India Committee
The West India Committee is a UK registered charity, not for profit organisation and the oldest body representative of the Commonwealth. The Caribbean’s Great War is a Heritage Lottery funded project to highlight the involvement of the Caribbean and her people in the First World War.