400 Years: Britain and India
Launching in summer 2017, 400 Years: Britain and India marks the 70th anniversary of India and Pakistan’s independence by introducing a globally accessible educational resource for future generations. Spanning over four centuries, Inspirate and Image Nova explore the shared history between Britain and India through a series of 8 short films. The series covers key events that define this profound relationship, from the first voyage of the East India Company in 1601 through to Independence in 1947 and beyond.
Where did the relationship between Britain and India begin? We trace back four centuries to meet the East India Company that set off to trade goods and were granted the right to wage war by the crown!
Clive & Hastings
How did the East India Company transition from trading to ruling? Diplomacy and bloodshed forged a new India at the helm of army officer Robert Clive, who set the foundations for British Raj.
From the time the British began trading, the British Crown and Indian rulers played an important part in determining how India developed. But how did these relationship develop? The alliances and rebellions throughout the British Raj set the scene for evolving political and diplomatic relationships. Using artefacts from the Royal Collection Trust, we explore the interactions between the two countries.
Thomas Babington Macaulay, a Leicestershire man, reformed the education system in India, introducing the ‘western lifestyle’. We explore this controversial transition by speaking to a roundtable of specialists and researchers and question the decision to westernize India.
Partition & Independence
India and Pakistan are separated by the line on a map. How was this line drawn and what were the implications? Should independence be frowned upon or celebrated? We reveal the accurate historical events behind partition and question: Freedom – but at what cost?
Food & Spice
In this unique episode, we take you on a 400 year culinary journey with professional chefs who cook cook food as it would have tasted hundreds of years ago! Our chefs use original recipes to understand the history and impact of the spice trade on our palate. From the first curry houses to chutneys, sauces and much more, examining how historic trade has changed modern food culture.
After the slave trade was abolished in 1807, the British sent people from India, across the world to work in a myriad of roles. We explore where these migrants settled and brought up families. Once the fear of dark water was overcome, migration changed the lives of millions from the subcontinent. The story follows people leaving India to come to Leicester and how this reflected the story of the rest of the UK throughout the 20th century.
What was the link between British pop music and Indian classical? We rewind to the swinging 60’s where a eventful meeting between The Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison and Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar forged the musical relationship between Britain and India. We examine this music and its enduring effect on culture spanning the last fifty years.