Dear Readers,

Welcome back to the Black & Asian Heritage Mix Newsletter. This issue focuses less on statues and plaques and more on books and films. As many of you do not necessarily have time to read academic articles, I encourage you, as usual, to explore short newspaper articles relating to British and European history and heritage.

For those of you who enjoy reading longer documents, you might like the new Open Democracy report “Art of Darkness: How the Government is Undermining Freedom of Information”. The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act is twenty years old, so this report is probably a good invitation to reflect on this right.

If you are interested in economics, you will enjoy a new research by Community Land Scotland, which reveals the extent of historical links between plantation slavery and landownership in the west Highlands and Islands.

As 2020 has been designated the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honour of Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary, I feel it’s the perfect time to read or read again the “Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands” by Mary Seacole. You can read the E-Book free via Project Gutenberg here.

If you prefer films, I recommend you watch Noor Inayat Khan’s documentary-biopic titled “Enemy of the Reich: a Muslim Woman Defies the Nazis in World War II Paris”. You can watch the full movie free here.

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Thushari Perera


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Mary Seacole Statue

Image Credits: Mary Seacole via Wikipedia

Movie ‘Seacole’ Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw

The Mary Seacole Trust, 20 May 2020

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Mary Seacole

Image Credits: Mary Seacole via Wikipedia

Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

By Mary Seacole

Read the E-Book via Project Gutenberg here

Book Spy Princess

Image Credits: Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan book cover via Shrabani Basu

Noor Inayat Khan: The Forgotten Muslim Princess Who Fought Nazis

By Usaid Siddiqui, Al Jazeera, 28 October 2020

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Film A Call to Spy

Image Credits: A Call to Spy Theatrical Release Poster via Wikipedia

A Call to Spy Film Review

By Andrew Pulver, The Guardian, 22 October 2020

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Film Enemy of the Reich

Image Credits: Enemy of the Reich Film Poster via Imdb

Enemy of the Reich: A Muslim Woman Defies the Nazis In WW II Paris

Watch the Full Movie via Enemy of the Reich here

Book Black Tudor

Image Credits: Black Tudor book cover via Miranda Kaufman

BritBox U.K. Developing Black Tudors Drama ‘Southwark,’ Based on Critically Acclaimed Book

By Manori Ravindran, Variety, 14 October 2020

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The Anarchy Book Cover

Image Credits: The Anarchy book cover via William Dalrymple

Historical Epic Bestseller ‘The Anarchy’, About Rise Of East India Company, Set For Major TV Adaptation With India’s Siddharth Roy Kapur

By Tom Grater, Deadline, 23 June 2020

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Library Books

Image Credits: Library Books via Pixabay

Will Dutch Library Ban On ‘Black Pete’ Books Spell End For ‘Racist’ Festive Tradition?

By Daniel Boffey, The Guardian, 15 November 2020

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Open Democracy FOI Art of Darkness Report

Image Credits: Art of Darkness Report via Open Democracy

UK Government Running ‘Orwellian’ Unit To Block Release Of ‘Sensitive’ Information

By Peter Geoghegan Jenna Corderoy Lucas Amin, Open Democracy, 23 November 2020

Read the report here






Florence Angel Statue

Image Credits: Florence Angel Statue via Pixabay

On The Traces Of Florence’s Colonial Past

By Daphné Budasz, The Florentine, 12 November 2020

Read the article here

Related link: The Black Prince of Florence


French Great Palace

Image Credits: France’s Great Palace via Pixabay

France Presents Draft Law For Returning Colonial-Era Artifacts To African Countries

By News Wires, Frances24, 16 July 2020

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Musee Quai-Branly

Image Credits: Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac via Twitter@quaibranly

Experience: I Steal From Museums

By Mwazulu Diyabanza, The Guardian, 20 Nov 2020

Read the article here


African Bronze Sculpture

Image Credits: African Bronze Sculpture via Pixabay

Swiss Take Steps To ‘Decolonise’ Cultural Artefacts

By Julia Crawford, Swissinfo.ch, 22 November 2020

Read the article here

Related Link: ArThemis Database of Restitution Cases


Edinburgh Castle

Image Credits: Edinburgh Castle via Pixabay

Edinburgh Castle Agrees To Re-Word Sign That ‘Pandered To Imperialism’

By Conor Marlborough, The Scotsman, 19 November 2020

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MacLeod Tartan

Image Credits: MacLeod Tartan via Wikipedia

New Research Reveals Extent Of Historical Links Between Plantation Slavery And Landownership In The West Highlands And Islands

By Community Land Scotland, November 2020

Read the research here

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