Rewriting History

Osborne, Deirdre. 2021. Rewriting History. Museums Journal, 121(5), pp. 51-53. ISSN 0027-416X [Article]

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Re-viewing the past in terms of Black people’s presences in British history has produced distinctive cultural interventions. Working with and through the imprint of the imperial- colonial aftershock (and not hiding or denying its effects) can produce a variety of unsettling encounters that reconfigure the ways in which the ‘canon’ and the ‘collection’ can be reconsidered. For a number of contemporary Black British writers museums, burial places and monuments have catalysed a means of representing Black people’s lives in illuminating and imaginative ways. By creatively rendering heritages hidden in the museum space and inscribing Black presences into landmarks, they contribute to a radical revision of commemorative cultural history.

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landmark poetics, archaeology, monuments, Bernardine Evaristo, Museum of London, Roman Britain, Black British writers

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature


10 September 2021Published

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21 Feb 2022 10:49

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24 Mar 2022 10:40


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