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Lecture, Thu 23 May 2019, free entry

Kavita Puri

Kavita Puri

Kavita Puri


Award-winning BBC journalist Kavita Puri will tell the previously-untold stories of those who lived through the partition of India 70 years ago at this public debate.

Inspired by her father’s own experiences, Kavita’s landmark three-part series Partition Voices, for BBC Radio 4, has created, for the first time, an oral history of the end of the British Empire and the difficult birth of two nations, India and Pakistan.

She will discuss the project and the lives of those affected by partition - many of whom are now part of the fabric of British contemporary life - in conversation with the Head of the Department of History, Dr Mark Frost, on Thursday 23 May, 5pm-7pm.

Book your place at ‘Memories of Partition and Migration’:

‘Memories of Partition and Migration’ is open to all and free to attend. It is the second annual public history debate hosted by the Department after the inaugural debate, in 2018, which welcomed BBC journalist Clive Myrie who discussed the US Presidency.

Professor Lucy Noakes, of the Department of History, said: “We are committed to making history accessible and visible to as many people as possible and our public history debates are a great opportunity to hear about the histories and the history making that underpin some of the ways that the past becomes visible, and shapes our lives today.”

Having been shrouded in silence for decades, Partition Voices, gives voice to the millions of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims caught up in the aftermath of the fall of the British Empire in India. Many of those South Asians who had previously been subjects of the British Raj made their homes in Britain. Determined to preserve these accounts Kavita has recorded a series of first-hand testimonies, revealing the partition’s enduring legacy in Britain today.

Partition Voices has already won the Royal Historical Society's Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize. The testimonies are being archived by the British Library Sound Archive and a book, based on the BBC series is due out later this year.

Kavita previously charted the migration of South Asians to post-war Britain in her Radio 4 series, Three Pounds in My Pocket. She works for BBC Current Affairs as Editor of Our World, a foreign affairs documentary programme.

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Event details

Dates Times
Thu 23 May 2019 17:00 to 19:00
Arrival from 5pm for 5.30pm start.


Free entry


History Department, University of Essex


Wivenhoe Park,


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Map reference: TM 027238  Lat: 51.87590 Long: 0.94333

By Public Transport:
From Colchester Bus Station or Colchester North Station bus 61, 62, 74, 76, 78 go regularly to the University.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Colchester Town station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired