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“New Kid on the Block”: the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) reflections on what it means for British History from here...

Williams, E.M.. 2015. '“New Kid on the Block”: the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) reflections on what it means for British History from here...'. In: 2nd Annual History Festival Day. Senate House Library, London, United Kingdom 20 January 2015. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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When I started studying history I was entranced by the big events; the invasions, battles, wars, and the big characters; the adventurers, aristocrats, rebels and revolutionaries, imperialists. I was also fascinated by the everyday people and individuals that managed to subvert formidable forces often placed in their way. These stories and historical narratives that we are so familiar with are undergirded by excellent historical sources accessible and held in institutions up and down the country that preserve and maintain the material for researchers. They help us understand the trajectory of this nation state because of Britain’s unique imperial and colonial past. We have increasing clarity regarding the actions of the establishment and its adventuring workers who sought their fortunes abroad. Moreover we can tell foreign visitors more about their historical heritage than they may be aware. We hold more of their historical “data” in our centres of learning, private collections and LMAs s than they hold on us.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Library

Dates:

DateEvent
20 January 2015Completed

Event Location:

Senate House Library, London, United Kingdom

Date range:

20 January 2015

Item ID:

12768

Date Deposited:

18 Aug 2015 10:30

Last Modified:

19 Jul 2018 12:22

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12768

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