Difficult Histories & Positive Identities

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Date(s) - 19 November
6:00 pm

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Difficult Histories & Positive Identities’ Report Launch

On Tuesday 19 November, at 6pm, Cumberland Lodge, the educational charity based in Windsor Great Park, launch its Difficult Histories & Positive Identities report at Broadway House, Westminster.

Difficult Histories & Positive Identities offers unique, interdisciplinary and cross-sector insight into how problematic aspects of the past can be engaged with in ways that create meaningful experiences of political and social belonging for people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives.It presents a series of practical, policy-focused recommendations for intervention and change.

This Cumberland Lodge Report marks the culmination of a 12-month project to explore the legacy of difficult histories in relation to contemporary identities and forms of belonging. It draws on wisdom and experience from academics, educationalists, museum curators, NGO representatives, policymakers and young people from across the UK.

The report summaries key themes and best-practice recommendations that emerged from our independent research and a roundtable conference at Cumberland Lodge in February 2019. These ideas were reviewed and refined at an expert consultation convened with conference representatives and further specialists, in June 2019.

The report’s author is Cumberland Lodge freelance research associate Dr James Wallis, an independent researcher on World War One commemoration and legacies.

The launch will begin with short introductions from invited specialists, to highlight its key themes and recommendations.Our panellists include:

Professor Martin Daunton FBA – Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge

Dr Ellen McAdam – Director, Birmingham Museums Trust

There will also be a drinks reception, and the chance to mingle with fellow guests and contributors to the report.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register on Eventbrite via this link at least two days ahead of the event if you would like to join us.