Coloured Alien Seamen Order Iqbal Singh, National Archives

Tuesday 8 October 6.30-8pm

This talk will offer an opportunity to look at copies of documents at The National Archives relating to the racially discriminatory 1925 Coloured Alien Seamen’s Order. Initially targeted at ‘Arab’ sailors it was extended to cover all ‘coloured seamen’ including non-seamen. The Order classified colonial workers as ‘aliens’ if they were unable to prove their status as British. Using brief case studies, the talk will bring to life some of the stories of those affected by the Order.

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