Title: The East India Company and Me: Trace Your Family Roots – 25 Feb 2012
Location: National Maritime Museum; Sammy Ofer Wing
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Description: FIBIS trustee, Geraldine Charles, will be taking part in this free exciting day of events being held at National Maritime Museum. The Royal Museum of Greenwich gives the following details:
We’ll be bringing together national archives, historians, photographers, authors and genealogists who have traced their ancestors from Anglo-Indians to British Yemenis. The day will culminate in a discussion between Booker Prize-nominated author Amitav Ghosh and BBC journalist Razia Iqbal about the East India Company and its impact on the lives of families.
Family History Fair
Join archivists from our national archives and discover how their resources can help your research.
Meet the Experts
Learn more about researching East India Company-related histories with The British Library, historian Cliff Pereira and genealogist Anthony Adolph.
The Museum’s Youth Advisory Group launch their first exhibition, inspired by the Traders gallery.
Family Trees: Drop-in workshop
Explore how people have moved from place to place to make a new home for themselves. Age: all
James Robson: a Sailor’s Tale of Tea: Performance
Join sailor James Robson on a voyage from China to Britain. Age: 6+
John Morgan: Voice of a Lascar: Performance
Go on a journey with South Asian lascar John Morgan, and learn about working for the East India Company to bring fabric and spices to Britain. Age: 6+
Author Reading with Romesh Gunesekera
Romesh Gunesekera, Booker Prize-nominated author for Reef, will be reading from his latest novel, set in Mauritius in 1825 at the end of the Slave Trade.
The Company, the Sailors and their Descendants. Age: 12+
With: Amitav Ghosh in conversation with journalist Razia Iqbal; historian Cliff Pereira; expert on South Asian family history Abi Husainy; photographer Tim Smith on his record of Yemeni immigrants in British ports; and the Museum’s Archivist Geraldine Charles, on her family’s fascinating Anglo-Indian past.
For detailed information on the events, visit our Traders Unpacked page.
Part of the Traders Unpacked season, 25 September 2011–25 February 2012. Events programme sponsored by Sharwood’s.
The East India Company was given its first royal charter by Elizabeth I. By the time it was abolished 250 years later, Queen Victoria was on the throne. Traders: the East India Company and Asia is a new gallery at the museum which examines the history and relevance of Britain’s trade with Asia, through the East India Company.
Start Time: 1100
End Time: 18:00