AN EXPLORATION OF BRITISH COLONIALISM
The Museum of British Colonialism is a joint uk/kenyan initiative founded to creatively communicate a more truthful account of British colonialism.
Our first project focuses on the Kenyan Mau Mau Emergency (1952 - 1960), one of the most brutal but least known episodes of British colonial history. We address gaps in the historical narratives of this period by researching, documenting and sharing under-represented stories, sites and experiences that comprise our shared history of this time.
To date, our team of volunteers has researched and visited a number of sites formerly used to detain and torture thousands of Kenyans. We have collected a wealth of documentation, including oral testimonies from former detainees, and contemporary and archival images. We have also produced a number of media pieces including a podcast, documentary, short films and a blog. We are now working on a digital map documenting these sites and an oral archive.
Our long-term ambition is to develop a collection of online resources and physical exhibitions networked globally to build awareness of these events and experiences.