The BBC venture into Mixed Britannia

Following research funded by a British Academy grant, the BBC has invested in a three part series, Mixed Britannia.

Dr Chamion Caballero and Dr Peter Aspinall used first-hand accounts of people, couples and families from mixed racial backgrounds for their British Academy-funded research, The Era of Moral Condemnation: Mixed Race People in Britain, 1920-1950.

Dr Caballero says, “The BBC were blown away by the incredible images and stories that we had identified and used our findings as the basis for the Mixed Britannia series. The project sourced a range of archival material from national and local archives, autobiographical recordings and photo and film material to understand how social perceptions of racial mixing emerged and the effect in shaping contemporary conceptualisations and experiences.”

The findings from the research will form part of the three part Mixed Britannia, which will be presented by news reader George Alagiah from Thursday 6th October on BBC Two.

“Without the British Academy grant, it is unlikely that the project would have got off the ground so we are incredibly grateful to the Academy for approving our proposal and enabling us to bring this overlooked but fascinating part of British history to light.” Caballero adds.

Dr Chamion Caballero and Dr Peter Aspinall, Senior Research Fellow at London South Bank University and Reader in Population Studies at the University of Kent, respectively, have acted as consultants on the BBC series.