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Beyond the Frame has partnered and collaborated with several organisations, and was funded by the UK Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC) from 2011 to 2012. In addition to follow-on funding from the AHRC, this phase of the project has been enabled by financial support from The Open University, the The British Library This collaboration is further enhanced by a number of internationally distinguished partners, consultants and advisors, including professional affiliations with the The British Council (India), The British Museum, The National Archives of India, RCUK (India), The Southbank Centre (London) and The Victoria and Albert Museum. The project also creates a link between a large network of internationally distinguished scholars, educationalists and curators. Here are some of the highlights of these collaborations, with further information available within the website or on our partners' websites:


Our India exhibition, which was coordinated by the British Council, toured several Indian cities, and the original highly successful UK ‘Making Britain’ exhibition was toured in partnership with the British Library. For further information, please see our Exhibitions page.

Untold Lives Blog

The British Library blog Untold Lives provides fascinating and unusual insights into the past and brings out from the shadows lives that have been overlooked or forgotten.

Project partner the British Library also launched Untold Lives, a blog sharing stories from the British Library’s collections about people from across the world. It aims to inspire new research and encourage enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of the British Library and its collections. Stories posted so far have shared little known facts about Napoleon, Sir Hans Sloane, East India Company warehouse labourers in London, kidnapped African princes, a homicidal bookbinder, Indian soldiers in World War I and Indian suffragette Sophia Duleep Singh. The project team continues to contribute to the blog: read our latest blog.

Digital Interactive Learning Resources

Public engagement activities, including seminars, school workshops and lectures, have been central to Beyond the Frame. In the UK, the project team has produced dynamic interactive online resources for the British Library’s award-winning ‘Timelines’ website and a linked ‘Asians in Britain’ learning website.

British Library timeline
British Library timeline


Beyond the Frame has partnered with Getty Images and the British Library in the research and compilation of Asian Britain: A Photographic History

Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections was funded by the AHRC (2011-12)

Arts & Humanities Research Council
The British Library
British Council
K S Ranjitsinhji photo

Sussex and England cricketer K S Ranjitsinhji. Mirror of British Merchandise (1896)

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