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Government to be questioned by committees on black history and cultural diversity in UK curriculum, The Voice, 1st March 2021

“You can watch Nick Gibb respond to concerns about the lack of diversity in the British curriculum”

Higher Education: Free Speech and Academic Freedom, Department for Education, 16 February 2021

“Proposals to strengthen freedom of speech and academic freedom in higher education in England.”

Churchill, Empire And Race, Churchill College, Cambridge, 2021

“A year-long programme of events to engage with the facts surrounding Sir Winston Churchill’s words, views and actions relating to empire and race.”

Podcast: The Racial Consequences of Mr Churchill, Churchill College, Cambridge, 2021

“On 11th February 2021, we held the second event in our year-long programme of events to engage with the facts surrounding Sir Winston Churchill’s words, views and actions relating to empire and race. Professor Priya Gopal chaired a panel discussion where she was joined by Professor Kehinde Andrews, Dr Madhusree Mukerjee and Dr Onyeka Nubia.”

Podcast: Churchill, Empire and Race: Opening the Conversation, Churchill College, Cambridge, 2021

“On 27th October 2020, we launched our year-long programme of events to engage with the facts surrounding Sir Winston Churchill’s words, views and actions relating to empire and race with a discussion between Professor Priya Gopal of Churchill College and Professor Richard Toye of the University of Exeter.”




Lloyd’s of London and Slavery: archiving the past to repair the present? By Katie Donington, Thomas Reuters Foundation News, 24 February 2021

“As Lloyd’s embarks on a process of historical repair, the British insurer must include communities directly affected by the legacies of slavery”

The Quiet Disappearance of Britain’s Public Libraries, By Adele Walton, The Tribune, 17 January 2021

“Public spending cuts have closed almost 800 libraries in the past decade – a fifth of the UK’s total. It is a campaign of vandalism against our culture and communities led by the Tory government.”

Podcast: Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge, JLF Toronto 2020, YouTube, 10 December 2020

“In ‘Burning the Books’, Richard Ovenden, the chief librarian of the Bodleian in Oxford, charts 3000 years of neglect and literary vandalism in libraries across the world and the subsequent consequences on humanity. Vickery Bowles, City Librarian at the Toronto Public Library, speaks of what needs to be done in terms of public policy and funding to nurture and sustain the library system. In conversation with author and Editorial Director of the Harvard University Press Sharmila Sen, they explore the inner life of libraries at #JLFToronto2020.”

Desi Delicacies: An anthology of South Asian Muslim food culture, Dhaka Tribune, 18 February 2021

“The pieces collected in this book are part of a research project,“Forgotten Food: Culinary Memory, Local Heritage and Lost Agricultural Varieties in India,” funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. Quite a few of the articles have been published in a series, which also belonged to the project. Browsing through the articles,it turns out that the book shatters all the stereotypes surrounding Muslim identities in South Asia and demonstrates the sheer diversity of Muslim cultures through the rich varieties of their food practices.”


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Heritage for Global Challenges”, a report written by PRAXIS, February 2021

“In recent decades, tangible and intangible heritage has been widely recognised as not only important in its own right but also as an enabler and driver of sustainable development. Yet heritage remains largely absent from the most recent international development agenda (2030 Agenda), adopted by the United Nations. To that end, PRAXIS is delighted to share ‘Heritage for Global Challenges’, a report written by PRAXIS Post-doctoral Researcher Dr Francesca Giliberto, to address this research gap and demonstrate the relevance of heritage research to tackle global challenges and to foster sustainable development.”


Unions fear government wants museums to ‘airbrush’ UK history, By Rajeev Syal, The Guardian, 23 February 2021

“Unions representing museum staff warn culture secretary not to listen to ‘fringe clamour’ after meeting with heads of institutions”

Last statue of dictator Francisco Franco removed from Spanish soil, By Jack Guy, CNN, 25 February 2021

“In 2007, the Spanish government passed the Law of Historical Memory, which formally condemns the Franco regime. Symbols connected to Franco must be removed from public view, the law stipulates.”

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Napoleon 200, The British Napoleonic Bicentenary Trust, 2021

“200 years ago, on 5th May 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of Saint Helena. Napoleon 200 exists to consider the significance of Napoleon’s death in the 21st Century and to preserve the built and cultural heritage of the island”

The French Fuhrer: Genocidal Napoleon was as barbaric as Hitler, historian claims, The Evening Standard, 24 July 2008

“Claude Ribbe, a respected historian and philosopher and member of the French government’s human rights commission, has been researching Napoleon’s bloodcurdling record for some years. He accuses him of being a racist and an anti-Semite who persecuted Jews and reintroduced widespread slavery just a few years after it had been abolished by the French government.”

Lawmaker seeks support of Parliament to decolonise Swiss museums, By Catherine Hickley, SwissInfo, 22 February 2021

“Swiss museums possess 97 objects from the Kingdom of Benin. Around 40 percent of these were acquired during the colonial era and some are known to have been looted in the British expedition, but the provenances of others are not clear. The new research project, beginning in May and coordinated by the Museum Rietberg in Zurich, aims to establish the routes these objects took from Benin to Switzerland.”

In Germany, cities and towns weigh how to handle racist place names, Raw Story, 15 February 2021

“The name of a small village in Germany is causing increasing concern. Some say it’s time to rename the area. The seemingly idyllic village, verdant valley and nearby gushing river all carry the racially offensive name (N-word in German).”



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The Queen should share her land with the public to take the pressure off crowded parks, By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, inews, 1st March 2021

“Royals and aristocrats own 1.5 million acres – the second-highest category after charitable organisations and environmental preservation zones”

The history of Black British gardeners is one of resistance, By Aimée Grant Cumberbatch, gal-dem, 29 October 2020

“From the transatlantic slave trade to Kew Gardens and the Chelsea Flower Show, the long history of Black horticulturists can’t be forgotten.”



Women’s History Month 2021 Events, Haringey London

“An exciting programme of online events and activities designed to celebrate Haringey’s women, past and present, will be taking place throughout March 2021.”


Exhibition revisits resistance against colonialism, Deutsche Welle, 23 February 2021

“The exhibition “RESIST! The Art of Resistance” at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum in Cologne pursues the ongoing debate surrounding the restitution of looted colonial art in the collections of European museums.”

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