Year 9 hear inspiring stories about World War II

Posted on: 16/11/2020
On Thursday 12th November, to mark Remembrance Day, year 9 History students had a talk from the historian Shrabani Basu, author of Victoria and Abdul and Spy Princess. Shrabani talked to the girls about Noor Inayat Khan, the first female radio operator sent underground in occupied Paris to aid the French Resistance during World War II. Noor’s father was from India and she was the first woman of South Asian descent to have a blue plaque in London commemorating her bravery. In a year when Black Lives Matter has shone a light on who we remember and why, this talk sat in line with Copthall’s focus for Remembrance Day 2020 on inclusive remembrance. It was fascinating to hear from Shrabani about Noor’s life and also her work as a historian to campaign for Noor’s story to be remembered. The year 9s really enjoyed the talk, which took place via Zoom, and asked thoughtful questions.   WW stamp