Welcome to the Asian Voices Oral History Project 


Asian Voices Book 

Asian Voices: First Generation Migrants by Nafhesa Ali is now available to buy through the University of Huddersfield. Please email Nafhesa on n.ali2@hud.ac.uk to order your copy.

Priced at £5 inc. p&p, each additional copy is £4. Individual copies are available at £4, without postage and can be collected from the University of Huddersfield (please email if collecting). 

Asian Voices documents a collection of oral history interviews and personal photographs with the memories of real life experiences from the South Asian community. It celebrates the stories of local people; how they coped with the English weather and language difficulties, where they shopped, prayed and the milkman who sold them everything from live chickens to milk.


Published by the University of Huddersfield in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Ashraf Ali, Bus Conductor, 1961The Research 

The North East and South West of England consist of 75,000 residents of South Asian origin. The largest regional concentration of this grouping is in West Yorkshire, with the largest proportion of Asian people in the authorities of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale. Many of the first settlers in these authorities migrated over fifty years ago and little has been documented and recorded within traditional history. The stories and experiences are now being lost as many of this first generation are now elderly and many have passed on.

In order to preserve some of these experiences and memories, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded The University of Huddersfield, funding to carry out oral history research on a much larger scale and document the experiences of this first generation. The project consists of a collection of oral history interviews with the focus on two main themes: ‘migration and settlement’ and includes the issues of work, worship and leisure. The research gives an insight into the experience of settling into Britain and adjusting to life in a foreign environment, which over fifty years is now a multi-cultural Britain.  


Asian Voices blog: http://asianvoices.wordpress.com

 Statistics from http://www.statistics.gov.uk/articles/RegionalTrends/RT41-Article3.pdf