September’s Item of the Month: Records of Asian crewmen on British ships during the Second World War

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September’s Item of the Month: Records of Asian crewmen on British ships during the Second World War

September’s Item of the Month has just been published…and it is about a significant discovery in the National Maritime Museum archive!! Tracey interviews Dr Georgie Wemyss of East London University on the James Nourse collection (NOU/10/7) and records of Asian crew members on British Merchant vessels during the Second World War.

Loss of the MV Sutlej - NOU/10/7

Loss of the MV Sutlej – NOU/10/7

Dr Wemyss points out how “histories of Britain’s South Asian populations have been invisible for too long. The James Nourse records are important because there are very few records of the names of Asian seafarers who were employed under Indian Articles on British ships before 1947.”

Read September’s Item of the Month to find out how the significant discovery among the James Nourse collection has influenced Tracey’s and Dr Wemyss’s research and how it might be useful to other researchers in the future!!!

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