Decolonising Heritage and Curriculum Change

Posted by jcm22 at Jan 14, 2019 02:20 PM |
6 February 2019 - Part of the Interdisciplinary Connections: Explorations in Research Methods seminar series with Dr Corinne Fowler who will be discussing changing public perceptions of British heritage.
Decolonising Heritage and Curriculum Change

Copyright Ingrid Pollard


Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 1.00pm-2.00pm
Location: ATT Seminar Block room 202

Co-ordinatorDr Anne Marie D'Arcy


Speaker: Dr Corinne Fowler

Colonial Countryside is a child-led writing and history project in partnership with Peepal Tree Press and the National Trust. It assembles authors, historians and primary pupils to explore the countryside’s African, Caribbean and East India Company connections.

This talk details country houses’ relationship to empire and considers the ways in which project participants, historians and heritage professionals are changing public understandings of British heritage. In 2022, the National Trust will be telling some unfamiliar stories about empire during its ‘Colonial Legacies’ Public Programming theme.

National Trust properties reveal a range of colonial links, including slave-produced sugar wealth, black servants, Indian loot, Francis Drake and African circumnavigators, colonial business interests, holders of colonial office, Chinese wallpaper, Victorian plant hunters and imperial interior design.

These stories also intersect with mainstream British historical topics such as suffrage. For example, Lord Curzon of Kedleston Hall (Viceroy of India) opposed suffrage on colonial grounds, while two princesses at Wightwick Manor indicate Indian women’s forgotten role in British suffrage.

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