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‘The argument is not so much about facts as about interpretation’ – Colin Prescod (Archives, race, class and rage)…

A selection of articles exploring the way we ‘do’ history - history is not etched in stone, but curated. How can we challenge this?
What is reparatory history? What does it mean to do it in Britain?

Catherine Hall argues that debates on reparation need to include questions about the historical narratives on ‘race’ and empire that have been and are being produced:…
‘Until the lions have their historians, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunters’

IRR Chair Colin Prescod’s keynote discusses the importance of not just including Black experiences but to allow Black agency in making the historical record.… No Colour Bar March in UK
‘Rhodes must Fall’ is part of a long campaign – John Newsinger discusses why Rhodes must fall in 2016 by revisiting Rhodes’ legacy in Africa and how he was reviled by British politicians, thinkers, and writers at the time– even in Oxford…
📸Anders Sandberg
Source material can tell more than one story - Anita Rupprect explores how insurance policies for slave ships were changed in response to slave rebellions, showing how they can be used to explore the history of resistance to slavery.…
The Empire didn’t happen ‘over there’. Priyamvada Gopal looks at how colonial rebellion and resistance shaped domestic criticism of the Empire and reshaped ideas about freedom and who could be free. Colonial subjects were never just passive bystanders.…
The legacy of slavery resistance continues to influence anti-colonial struggle. Hazel Waters shows how the cultural impact of C19th resistances persist and relate it to the present & a key period of attempted cultural/political transformation, the 1970s.…
The past is the past – isn’t it?

Cathy Bergin and Anita Rupprecht trace the marginalised narratives of black resistance and white entitlement to show how contested history is, using the incendiary year of 1831 and on a moment of collision.…
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