BBC Radio 4 commissions a two-part documentary series on the hidden history of Caribbean Indian communities living in the UK and the impact that sugar and its production had on their lives.


It’s been a while since I last posted a blog and with the benefit of hindsight I should probably not have stayed away so long but there has been so much work to do.

I can finally announce that we’ve been commissioned by Radio 4 to make two documentaries on the story of the UK’s descendents of indentured labourers from the Caribbean. Work begins this week and will reveal two waves of migration. The first, from India to Guyana between 1838 and 1917 and the second from Guyana to 1960’s London and other parts in the UK. 

For the first time, elders in the community will be able to share their journey of migration and settlement from Guyana to the UK and reflect on the long and dangerous crossings by sea made by their grand-parents and great-grandparents to the Caribbean. 

It’s a real pleasure to be working with Mukti Jain Campion, founder of Culture Wise on the programmes and I’ll keep you up to date of how they’re shaping up. If you want to share your story on the Project 1838 page then email a photograph of you or your family and a short story of no more than 200 words and we’ll work with you to get it posted up in the gallery. If you’re not sure what works then why not take a look at some of the great stories already there.

That’s it for now,