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Young Person’s Graphic Novel Project August 2021: Bengali and other South Asian seamen

By 8th July 2021Current Events

We are now launching a new project for summer 2021, please see details below and attached is the final leaflet to promote the project: Seafarer’s Stories.


It’s an exciting opportunity for young people age 16-19 taking place with The National Archives this August.


It’s an online graphic novel project which uses documents from the archive as inspiration. ‘Seafarer’s Stories’ will explore the stories of sailors from Bengal (and elsewhere in South Asia) who travelled from India to Britain aboard merchant ships. These sailors were then subject to migration legislation which forced them to prove their status as British, something which was difficult for the sailors to do.


Young people will work with a top artist Serena Katt, and eminent historian Rozina Visram, alongside staff from The National Archives to explore archive documents and then create illustrations for a graphic novel.


The project will take place online over Zoom from Monday 2nd- Friday 6th August, and young people will be provided with the resources that they need to participate.


You can find out more information including how to apply here:


Please share with your networks and with young people you know, and encourage them to apply!

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