Presenter Lainy Malkani
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Two documentaries in which I unover the history of the indentured Indian labourers who were brought to work on British sugar plantations in the Caribbean and whose descendants, later came to settle in Britain
The first series of the Social History Hub podcast has just come to an end with ten great stories from individuals who are helping to redefine the way in which we live our lives.
True lives have always been a fascination to me. The stories that emerge when you take some time to listen to people are amazing and you never know what you will find out. Take, the Battle of Waterloo, a memorial is unveiled today and some of the descendents of the soldiers who fought on the battlefield will be telling their personal stories, perhaps for the first time.
I’ve just read an article telling the story of dentures made from the teeth of dead soldiers on the battlefield. It’s a grim true story and the pictures are equally unsavoury, but if you can stomach it, the article is worth a read. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33085031
It reminds me of my podcast interview with the author Jamie Rhodes, who created a fictional world around the lives of those who might have collected those teeth on the battlefield. His collection of stories called, ‘Dead Men’s Teeth’, recreates lives dating back four hundred years and enables us to put ourselves in the shoes of those who never had the time, nor money to record their own lives, no matter how grim.
Thankfully, that isn’t the case anymore and we are able to access information about the lives, struggles and achievements of people around the world relatively easily but of course someone needs to write them down or document them for future generations.
With that in mind I want to thank all the contributors to the first series of the Social History Hub podcast. Without their willingness to talk about their personal lives, the experiences they share with others would be lost. I won’t name them asthey’re all amazing but go to http://www.socialhistoryhub.com/podcasts/ and see who you identify with the most. Or indeed, just enjoy their story.
I’ll be back in a few months with a Summer Festivals special series, talking to the founders about the trials and tribulations of getting a festival off the ground.
In this episode I explore the story of an extraordinary occupation that took place over thirty years ago to improve housing for homeless people in London. It was sparked by the tragic death of a family living in temporary accommodation. Here’s Liz Smale who helped lead the protest.
This week, Lainy Malkani spoke with Suman Bhuchar about the history of Asian theatre in Britain. She’s had experience of every strand of the theatre world but is frustrated that the journey of South Asian theatre from the 1920’s to the present day has never taken centre stage.
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This week, writer Jamie Rhodes, captures voices from the past, some dating back 300 years in 'Dead Men’s Teeth' a collection of short stories inspired by the British Library Archives.
This week, Michelle Shine tells me how an untold story of two rebellious forces in nineteenth century Paris, homeopathy and Impressionist art became the catalyst for her debut novel, Mesmerised.
The Social History Hub is pleased to announce the launch of a series of podcasts which explores moments in history that shaped the lives of ordinary people.
Podcast Episode 1
Lainy Malkani, speaks to the spoken word artist Mr Gee about what social history means to him and the personal stories that have influenced his writing.
Filming a video for crowdfunding today. It's called Occupation '84. More details to follow...