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Growing up abroad only made me feel more British

From her Brazilian classmates admiring her accent to living the British ex-pat lifestyle in Malaysia, Lauren says that living abroad through her childhood has only made her feel more British.

VIDEO: Barbara, Scotland

Barbara tells the story of her British identity – from chasing locusts from her garden in Africa to teaching at Cheltenham ladies school.

Although she was born in Singapore and spent her childhood in convents around Malaysia, she feels Scottish most of all. ”When I became nearly nine it was time to come home to boarding school. Because my parents originated from Aberdeenshire, and my grandmother still lived there, they decided to send me to a school in Aberdeen.”

Barbara tells the story of her British identity – from chasing locusts from her garden in Africa to teaching at Cheltenham ladies school. Although she was born in Singapore and spent her childhood in convents around Malaysia, she feels Scottish most of all. ”When I became nearly nine it was time to come home to boarding school.

Yorkshire, British or English? Answering the identity question

British Future went to York last week to join the cast of the play 'Bed' in a debate about British identity. Before the debate, we asked the cast members about their identity - British, Yorkshire or otherwise - as part of our British Histories series. From Barbara Miller's fond memories of chasing swarms of locusts from her garden in Africa to the cast's unanimous love of Yorkshire, the stories tell strong but varied picture of British identity.