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Muslims at Sea: From Barbary Pirates to Brick Lane: National Maritime Museum & Muslim Institute study day


Saturday 10 Sep 2016, 11:00 — 16:00


National Maritime Museum
Park Row, Greenwich,
London SE10 9NF


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Although their presence in Britain goes back into history, traces of the lives of Muslim Britons in museum archives and exhibitions are rare.

The National Maritime Museum recently discovered 2,000 photographic records of Bangladeshi ships cooks in its archives, spurring its researchers to reconsider the contribution of Islamic culture and people to maritime history and the museum collection.

The first substantial communities of Muslims in Britain were established in port towns 300 years ago, comprised of sailors working for the East India company. This unique study day, a partnership between the National Maritime Museum and the Muslim Institute, will reveal the lives of these sailors, bringing together historians, storytellers and commentators to consider the long lineage of Muslim seafarers and their legacy today.

Sessions include

  • Britain, Islam and the Sea – the NMM collections
  • Muslim sailors aboard British Ships: 350 Years of Cultural Exchange, Resistance and Mutiny
  • A tour of the NMM galleries highlighting ‘Muslim narratives’
  • Access to the cache of 2,000 photos of Bangladeshi ships cooks, sketches and ship’s journals

Sailors of the Viceroy of India

Tickets can be booked here on a first-come, first-served basis: 

For more information:

Exclusive ticket offer for Muslim Institute fellows only:

The National Maritime Museum has made available 20 free tickets to the Muslims at Sea study day for Muslim Institute Fellows (normal ticket price £15).