Where did the nannies brought to London during the colonial era end up?

  • Gagan Sabhirwal
  • South Asia diaspora reporter, BBC News

24 June 2022

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The house used to house hundreds of Asian nannies stranded in London

During the height of the British Empire’s power and influence, thousands of women from India and other parts of Asia were brought to London to look after children, but later many were abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Now, a building in London that served as their sanctuary is to be celebrated with a ‘blue plaque’.

The blue plaque, a sign of honor, is installed on homes and buildings across London that have been associated with famous personalities or historical events, as part of a scheme by the English Heritage, a charity in the United Kingdom.