Histories of a Global University: Exploring Empire at the University of Birmingham

Dr Mo Moulton, Senior Lecturer in the History of Race and Empire
Dr Manu Seghal, Lecturer in South Asian History

The University of Birmingham has always been a global university. This presentation, delivered as part of the university’s Commonwealth Day event, showcases our research project exploring the entangled histories of education and empire that our institution exemplifies.

Academic staff from our Department of History speak on the context and motivation behind the project. They give examples of what our team of postgraduate researchers is working on in our University collections and archives, including the Lapworth Museum’s holdings relating to mineral exploitation; the Danforth Collection and the cataloguing and contextualization of a new donation of Nigerian masks; and Redbrick and other University archival holdings relating to student and staff engagement with the empire and Commonwealth.

Please visit our project research page to learn more about the project and its findings –

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