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Asian past in Britain unearthed in new book

25 November 2013 Last updated at 15:56 GMT

Unseen photographs which chart the contribution of Asian people in Britain over more than a century have been brought together for the first time.

They include an Asian cricketer chosen to play for England in 1896 and an Indian suffragette outside Hampton Court Palace in 1913.

Professor Susheila Nasta from The Open University, who unearthed the photographs, said she uncovered many stories which were not known such as how Asian soldiers were apparently not allowed to be nursed by white English nurses at a makeshift war hospital in Brighton.

BBC London's Ayshea Buksh talks to film director Gurinder Chadha, who said the images show her family's history.