Podcast: Whose History? The ‘Migrated Archive’ and Britain’s Colonial Past with David Anderson

David Anderson, Project A02 Past Futures

 

An online lecture as part of the Out of the Ashes Lecture Series, with David M Anderson Professor of African History University of Warwick.

In April 2011, Foreign Secretary William Hague informed the British Parliament that a collection of some 25,000 historical files, that had been illegally held by his department for over 50 years, would be speedily transferred to The National Archive, at Kew. This vast collection of historical papers related to Britain’s imperial past, and is now known as the Hanslope Disclosure. These were records that Britain had secretly removed from each of 37 of its colonies at the point of decolonization: these files were deemed too important or too damaging to leave behind, or potentially too useful to destroy. This lecture tells the story of how this so-called ‘Migrated Archive’ came into being, what happened to it over the years in which it was secretly retained, and how it came to be ‘discovered’ in the midst of a human rights trial at London’s Supreme Court on The Strand. Nearly a decade after that ‘discovery’, controversy still swirls around the question of who owns this ‘Migrated Archive’ and what should be done with it. Whose history is this, and where does such an archive belong? The answers to these questions reveal much about Britain’s unease in dealing with the history of its past empire, and about the culture of secrecy that still infects British public institutions – even those that are supposed to be the guardians of our national heritage.

More CRC News

poster for a public lecture by the crc future rural africa

CRC-TRR Public Lecture: Stéphanie Domptail & Sakeus Kadhikwa

Mon | June 3, 2024 | 16:00 – 17:30  CEST The Future Rural Africa Public Lectures Series is back with a double header! Dr. Stéphanie ...
Read More »
picture taken during a workshop at the university of bonn

“Prevention and Handling of Sexual Harassment”: CRC-TRR Board for Gender Equality and Diversity Organises Interactive Lecture For All Project Members

Gender equality and diversity are crucial aspects for our research centre as they foster a culture of inclusivity and bring diverse perspectives, experiences, and ideas ...
Read More »

Registration Open: University of Bonn Diversity Days 2024

22 – 23 May 2024 To mark German Diversity Day, the University of Bonn’s Vice Rectorate for Equal Opportunity and Diversity, together with the unit ...
Read More »
Event Poster for a Public Lecture

CRC-TRR Public Lecture: Regina Birner

Mon | May 6, 2024 | 16:00 – 17:30  CEST We are excited for the next volume of the Future Rural Africa Public Lectures Series. ...
Read More »
A student from the workshop uses a corer to take a wood sample for the estimation of wood density, which is required to accurately estimate the tree’s carbon storage.

UNAM Students gain hands-on experience during field practical in Namibia with scientists from project A01 “Future Carbon Storage”

By Ezequiel Fabiano, Katharina Stein, Julian Krausen and Anja Linstädter (Future Rural Africa Project C01 “Future Carbon Storage”). After ecological fieldwork in southern Zambia, a ...
Read More »
Scroll to Top