Do you know about ayahs?
HISTORIAN Dr Jo Stanley wants help for an Asian history project.
Dr Stanley, of Marsden, would like to speak to people whose families came from the Colne Valley or Huddersfield area and employed Indian nannies, called ayahs, in between the 1700s and 1950s.
Brought over by British families, they were one of the earliest groups of global working class women to travel.
Dr Stanley, a research fellow at the University of Hull, said: "The ayahs are very interesting as they had extraordinary mobility for women of that period. They were brought back to the UK by memsahibs, upper class women who had been living or who had travelled to India.
"When they moved to England there were no questions about whether they should or not be let in.
"There were some unscrupulous families who would desert the nannies, leaving them on very limited charity, which forced them into poverty.
"I have not yet found any records of any ayahs in Huddersfield or the Colne Valley yet but I think there must have been some and would like to hear from anyone who knows they had an ayah in their family."
Contact Dr Stanley at email@example.com
| A picture of a northern English family |with an ayah around 1922, who are being researched by Dr Jo Stanley