Contested Histories and Multiple Identities: The Place of the Past in the Present

Date / time
Date(s) - 26 February
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


All are welcome to the public lecture by Professor Martin Daunton FBA that will close our conference, ‘Difficult Histories and Positive Identities’.

The hour-long lecture will explore competing ideas about how we should interpret and respond to ‘difficult’ aspects of British history, including the legacies of imperialism and slavery.The high-profile ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ protest movement in Oxford, and Edward Colston’s legacy in Bristol, have brought these debates to the fore. The shadow of empire hangs over us all, with some looking back to it as a way of imagining a future outside of the EU, and others viewing it as a story of exploitation.How should we respond to these contested histories?Should we move beyond calls to remove statutes and markers of the imperial past, for example, and learn from Germany in how it has dealt with its own difficult past?

To find out more information about this event please see our website:

Free registration

Martin’s lecture will take place in the Mews Conference Centre at Cumberland Lodge, between 6pm to 7.30pm, followed by a drinks reception.

Attendance at this event is FREE, but space is limited, so places must be booked in advance.

Please register online via Eventbrite

Alternatively, please contact Anna Moran, our Programme Assistant, to book your place, by emailing or calling 01784 497794.

Locations: Mews Conference Centre, Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor SL4 2HP