The Way We Were – life & style in another era

Denim flares, knitted tank-tops, beehives and yes white gloves can all be revisited in Historic England’s campaign that maps a century of England’s history from a Black and Asian perspective.

Another England aims to tell the story of the country’s rich multicultural heritage from 1918 to 2018. The project spans the period from the end of the Great War right up to 2018 – the 70th anniversary of the British Nationality Act. Another England aims to put the spotlight on the role that Black and Asian people have played in the creation of today’s multicultural society while recognising the challenges they have faced and continue to face.

Individuals, families and communities can upload their photographs and histories on to a digital map via The project will travel across the country, running regional workshops in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Newcastle to raise awareness of Another England and to support people to get involved.

Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment.

Pictures in Gallery

1. Marie Hallowi near Charing Cross Station, London. 1966. (photo courtesy of James Barnor)

2. A couple sit on the bonnet of an MG in London. (photo © Bandele Tex Ajentunmobi/Autograph ABP)

3. Three young girls chatting outside a Methodist chapel, 1950-59. (photo Historic England Archive)

4. An Indian army contingent was supposed to participate in a victory parade in London on 19 July 1919 to celebrate the end of World War One, but the 1,800-strong contingent could not make it due to an outbreak of influenza on board ship on the way to England. Instead, they paraded on August 2, 1919 and marched up Whitehall en route from Waterloo to Buckingham Palace. (photo courtesy of Westminster City Archives)

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