South Asian Heritage Month

South Asian Heritage Month logo

18 July to 17 August 2021 is South Asian Heritage Month. Launched last year, this aims to raise the profile of British South Asian heritage and history in the UK through education, arts and commemoration, promoting understanding and cultural sharing. 

As part of the celebration, Merton Heritage Service has compiled a new set of history resources. This includes online displays, film, useful websites, recipes, puzzles, crafts, research information and links to local organisations. We hope you find the webpage of interest. We will be adding more resources during the course of the month.

Online Displays:

South Asian people

Merton & South Asia: Notable People

 

South London Gurdwara

Local Places of Worship

 

Sophia Duleep Singh

Sophia Duleep Singh

 

Words and Pictures:

Click on the links below to access films, poetry readings, animations and interviews about South Asian heritage.

South Asians on Film

Intro:South Asian Heritage Month

South Asian Britain on Film (BFI)

Indians Abroad (BBC World Service)

Britain and South Asia

Sharing Forgotten Histories

On the Duleep Singh Trail 

 

Chariot Festival, Wimbledon

South Asia (Media Player)

South Asia Blog (National Archives)

Inside Britain's Largest Mosque

Chariot Festival, Wimbledon 2019

The Gurkhas

The Unsung Heroes of World War II

 

Jamdani tradition

I Have a Question?

Lines of History (Sheena Hussain)

British South Asian Theatre

The British Asian Sound

British South Asians in Football

The Tradition of Jamdani

 

 

Useful Websites:

Click on the links below to access websites about South Asian history, people, places and educational resources.

Ugandan Asians

What is South Asian Heritage Month?

South Asian Heritage Month

Making Britain (Open University)

UK Punjab Heritage Association

 

Royal Indian Navy

Arriving in the UK 

Switching the Lens

South Asian Seamen at War

South Asians Making Britain

 

Asian youth movements

Striking Women (1947+)

South Asian Women in the UK

Inspiring British South Asian Women

Asian Youth Movements in the UK

 

Spice trail

The Spice Trail

The Taste of Home

British South Asian Artists

 

Influential South Asian Women

Influential Asian Women

South Asian Doctors and the NHS

South Asian Writers

 

Baitul Futuh mosque, Morden

Everyday Muslim (Heritage Trails)

Baitul Futuh Mosque

The Duleep Singh Trail

 

 

Local Organisations:

The following are just some of the local organisations offering support services, raising awareness of Asian history and promoting cultural exchange.

Goan Voice and Goan Senior Citizens

Ethnic Minority Centre (Merton)

Merton Asian Women's Association

Merton Goan Senior Citizens Club

South London Tamil Welfare Group

Sri Lankan Ladies Lunch Club

 

Shree Ganapathy Temple

Ahmadiyya Association UK

Morden Islamic Cultural Association

Shree Ganapathy Temple

Sikh Gurdwara South London

Wimbledon Mosque

 

Gurkha Brigade Association

Asian Elderly Group of Merton

Afghan Association (Paiwand)

Bengali Association of Merton

Gurkha Brigade Association

Tara Arts Theatre

 

 

Research Guides:

Click on the links below to access archives, organisations or tips to assist with researching South Asian heritage.

Asian dna

Tracing Your Asian Roots in Britain 

Asian Roots : Indian Subcontinent

South Asian Ancestry

Department of Asia (British Museum)

Asia collection V & A

India Genealogy

South Asians (British Library)

South Asia Open Archives

Asia Collections (V & A)

South Asia at British Library

Locating Archival Resources (SOAS)

South Asia (British Library)

Empire & Commonwealth Records 

Empire & Commonwealth 

 

Test Your Knowledge:

QUIZZES:

Bobby Seagull's South Asian Quiz

How Well Do You Know South Asia?

Travel in South Asia Quiz?

India Culture Quiz

How Well do you Know Pakistan?

Asian elephant

WORD SEARCHES:

Famous South Asians in the UK

Word Search Answers

 

 

 

 

Craft Activities:

Mandala art project

Make your own Rhaki 

Mandala Art

Paisley Colouring Pages

India Colouring Pages

 

Finger knitting

Creating Paper Fish

India Elephant Craft

Peacock Art

Finger Knitting

 

Opening paper fan

Paper Fan (Tamil language)

Make a Solidarity Flag for Nepal

Make a Maldives Beach

Make a Paper Turtle