British Histories: What’s Your Video Story?

British history is made up of millions of stories. It is a jigsaw of tales from all corners of the nation, of people travelling here from other places, of families that have lived here for generations, and of people who have moved from one end of the United Kingdom to the other, and have experienced a bit of Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

So share your story about you and your family’s British history, whether it is a story about travel within the country or from outside, or about how you have lived in the same town for centuries.

Submit your video to the British Histories: What’s Your Story? page, marking it whatsyourstory(your first name/location). Upload your video to YouTube. If your video is already on YouTube, submit the video URL. We will review your submission and post a selection of videos on the site.

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VIDEO: Stephen Goss, Northern Ireland

24 January 2014

"I'm somewhat unusual in that I come from a Catholic nationalist background, but I'm British and very much a...

VIDEO: Henry Hill, Britain and Ireland

14 January 2014

Henry Hill from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire has a British father and an Irish mother, and describes himself as both...

VIDEO: Matilda Neill, Newcastle

20 August 2013

"Although I didn't live here for the very start of my life, I definitely do have a strong connection...

VIDEO: Doug Jefferson, England, Britain and Grimsby

3 May 2013

Doug Jefferson from Spalding, Lincolnshire, is a proud Grimsby fan. Despite currently living in London, he still fanatically follows...

VIDEO: Riz Rehman, England and Britain

16 April 2013

Riz Rehman's parents are from Pakistan and while he describes the country as close to his heart, he says...

VIDEO: Jonathan Collis, Wales and Britain

2 April 2013

Jonathan Collis, 21, has not let any of the negative stereotypes some English people hold about the Welsh stop...

VIDEO: Arwel Williams, Wales

12 March 2013

"I am Welsh. My mother and father are both Welsh, my grandparents are Welsh," explains Arwel Williams, who has...

VIDEO: Larry Rach, UK

12 February 2013

Freedom is what Larry Rach most values when talking about Britain. "Being British affords us a whole different raft...

VIDEO: Jonny, Croydon

12 February 2013

"Sport is one of the ways in which I think you can most see our identity," says Jonny Cope...

VIDEO: Harman, Watford

7 February 2013

Fish and chips, punk, bad weather and sarcasm are just a few things that come to mind when Harman...

VIDEO: Mario, Croydon

7 February 2013

Croydon fan Mario Creatura has Italian parents and says he has his hometown of Croydon and his family to...

VIDEO: Himesh, Britain

13 December 2012

With parents from Gujarat in India, but born in Kenya and Zambia, EastEnders actor Himesh Patel has been able...

VIDEO: Warren, Dudley

13 December 2012

BBC London journalist Warren Nettleford talks about his British identity. Coming from a small town and being quite aware...

VIDEO: Rachael, Northampton

12 November 2012

Rachael returned to Northampton to find out more about the place where many of her family have lived and...

VIDEO: Lauren, Swindon

2 October 2012

Though born in Swindon, Wiltshire, Lauren spent a lot of her childhood in Brazil and Malaysia. But being abroad...

VIDEO: Christie, Wales

3 April 2012

Novelist Christie Watson talks about identifying with Wales and the inclination people have to asking her partner, rather than...

VIDEO: Ian, London

23 March 2012

Columnist and foreign correspondent Ian Birrell talks about being educated in Scotland, having a Scottish, Irish and English heritage...

VIDEO: Richard, England

23 March 2012

Richard was born in England, but moved to Florida at the age of two. "By the time I left...

VIDEO: Barbara, Scotland

6 March 2012

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

VIDEO: Bernadette, York

6 March 2012

Bernadette sees herself as from York first and foremost, following generations of Yorkshire family before her. “I see myself...

VIDEO: Mandy, Yorkshire

6 March 2012

Watching Britain from abroad during the summer riots, Mandy was led to question what had changed in Britain and...

VIDEO: Richard, York

6 March 2012

“I was born and brought up in Devonshire, and lived there for 18 years.” But in spite of this,...

VIDEO: Paul, Yorkshire

6 March 2012

“I’ve probably only moved 50 miles in my life…so I have a strong sense of belonging to and identifying...

VIDEO: Kathryn, Yorkshire

6 March 2012

“I think of myself as a Yorkshire girl. I love living here.” Kathryn talks about living in the same house...

VIDEO: Promise, Brent

20 February 2012

Promise associates Britishness with her local community of Brent. “Living in Brent represents what it means to be British,...

VIDEO: Trevor, London

15 February 2012

Trevor believes that how we treat each other, and a civic sense of fairness is at the heart of...

VIDEO: Steve, East London

9 January 2012

Steve grew up in East London and has lived in London his whole life. ” I was born within the...

VIDEO: Dipo, East London

16 December 2011

Dipo moved from Nigeria at the age of ten to go to boarding school in the UK. “What made...

VIDEO: Mary, Britain

16 December 2011

Mary has spent considerable time in both India and England, and now lives in Wales. “When I’m in India...

VIDEO: Bernadette, London

16 December 2011

Bernadette has lived in England her whole life and has Irish heritage, but considers herself British. “The most important...

VIDEO: Anne, South London

16 December 2011

Anne divides her life into two distinct parts, before and after her marriage. After travelling around the world for...