‘Where do we fit in?’ Black and Asian British History on the Curriculum

Date / time: 4 December, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

'Where do we fit in?' Black and Asian British History on the Curriculum

This event will bring together scholars, artists and activists to discuss the presence and absence of black and minority ethnic Britons on the UK’s National Curriculum and seek to celebrate the contributions of Britons, of all backgrounds, to the history of the United Kingdom. A panel of contributors will discuss ways that BME British experiences have been marginalised from the histories taught in schools, and how teachers, scholars, community leaders, and politicians can work to ensure that these stories and experiences are taught and understood as British History. How can we make the teaching of history more inclusive and less Eurocentric? Is it time to teach the British movement for civil rights? What are the implications of the ways we teach and understand British history for public history, memory and policy making?

Rather than following a standard panel format, this event will also include space for the audience to experience black and Asian British cultural contributions. The evening will include special contributions by poets and performers, including Momtaza Mehri, the Young People’s Laureate for London, and Hannah Lowe.

Confirmed panelists include: Dr Jonathan Saha (University of Leeds, co-author of the RHS Race, Ethnicity and Equality Report), Professor Claire Alexander (University of Manchester, Project Leader for Our Migration Stories), and Professor Hakim Adi (University of Chichester, History Matters).

This event is presented in partnership by the Runnymede Trust and the Institute of Historical Research.

Time: Doors and drinks at 18.00, 18.30 start. Ends 20.15. Drinks until 20.45.

Location: Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU