SOAS University of London

David Olusoga to give public lecture at SOAS on the global aspects of British history and culture

13 November 2018
David Olusoga
David Olusoga

SOAS University of London will be hosting leading historian David Olusoga to give The Migration Museum's annual lecture.

In the lecture ‘The Perils of Our Insular Illusion’ David Olusoga will argue that, to make sense of the Britain of 2018, we need to recover the global aspects of our history and culture.

David Olusoga is a prominent British-Nigerian historian, producer and presenter. His TV series include Civilisations (BBC 2), Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2).

David is also the author of Civilisations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress, The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year; Black & British: A Forgotten History, which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize; and The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism. He writes for the Guardian, the Observer and BBC History Magazine.

In the lecture, Olusoga will look at how we often forget the importance of migration to our history, in part because we forget just how global, international and connected Britain has always been. We have found ways, he argues, in our use of language and our writing of history, to minimise our interactions with other peoples and other nations – migrants, allies and subjects of the former empire.

The Migration Museum is shining a light on the many ways that the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are – as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. They are doing this through the creation of an inspiring national Migration Museum, a far-reaching nationwide education programme and a knowledge-sharing network of museums and galleries across the UK.

This event will be held from 6.30pm on 22 November. To find out more, visit the event page.