The Living Legacy of the British Empire

Sat 26 Sep

Saturday, 26 September 2020

3.00pm - 4.00pm

Panel Discussion | Online Only

The Living Legacy of the British Empire

Explore the ongoing legacy of the British Empire with a panel of distinguished writers, historians and broadcasters, including Bonnie Greer, Kwasi Kwarteng and Richard Drayton.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Indian elephant pulling a field gun, 1858


In this panel discussion, we will delve into the complex history of the British Empire and look at how it continues to affect us today.

What is the role of the historian in the current debate? What is the living legacy of the empire in the UK? And how is it regarded across the world?

Kwasi Kwarteng has been the Conservative MP for Spelthorne since 2010. His first book, Ghosts of Empire (2011), looked at the legacy of the British Empire around the world. His second book, War & Gold, was published in 2014, and most recently Thatcher’s Trial was published in 2015. In October 2018, Kwasi wrote and presented the BBC Radio 4 series Living with Empire on the effect of the British Empire on the UK today.

Richard Drayton was born in Guyana and grew up in Barbados. He was educated at Harvard, Yale and Oxford, and is now Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at King's College London. A world expert on British imperial history and the trans-Atlantic slave trade, he has worked on both sides of the Atlantic on research projects exploring the legacy of the British Empire.

Bonnie Greer is an American-British playwright, author and broadcaster, raised on the Southside of Chicago, and now living in the UK. Her plays have been performed on the London stage including the West End and on BBC Radio. She was awarded the Verity Bargate Award for Best New Play. She has served as Deputy Chair of the British Museum. In 2010, she was made an OBE by the Queen for her services to the Arts. Her new podcast series (2019), In Search of Black History, topped the charts both in the UK and US for the BLM Anti-Racism Listening List.

Date & time

Saturday, 26 September 2020
3.00pm - 4.00pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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