Project to examine Sheffield links with the British Raj

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ECHOES of India are to be traced in a new project looking at how Sheffield and the Peak District were influenced by the British Raj.

Sheffield’s Hindu Samaj group has received an £8,600 lottery grant to carry out an investigation into the area’s Indian heritage with help from Sheffield University.

The work is part of a national programme called All Our Stories, which is encouraging organisations and community groups to discover their heritage.

One area of study will be to look at what ideas were transmitted from Hindu and Indian culture through the correspondence between Edward Carpenter, a renowned socialist writer, and Mahatma Gandhi and Annie Besant from India.

It will also explore Indian heritage during the industrial revolution by understanding the connection between the cotton industry in the Peak District and cotton producers in India.

Research will be carried out at locations such as the Old House in Bakewell and Cromford Mills near Matlock and Millthorpe.

Dr Esme Cleall, lecturer in the history of the British Empire at the university, said: “This is an important and exciting project. The connections between Britain and India, so formative in both British and Indian history, need far more investigation at a local level.”