Exhibition Resources

In line with our upcoming exhibition on The Mau Mau Emergency, we recommend the following books, TV, documentary, archive and radio.



Operation Legacy, Museum of British Colonialism and History Hit [28 mins]

In 2009 a group of Kenyan war veterans sued the British government to reveal the truth about what really happened during the Mau Mau Emergency. This documentary tells their incredible story and exposes the depth of the cover up that rocked the establishment and changed the way we view colonial history forever.

White Terror, BBC [44 mins]

A deep, inspiring video documenting former Mau Mau detainees from the Kenyan Emergency in the 1950's. This BBC documentary is based on the research of Harvard Professor, Caroline Elkins. This documentary was part of the evidence supporting the Mau Mau case in London's High Court.

We Must Sin Quietly, History Day [13 mins]

A short documentary providing an overview of British in Kenya from 1895 to the departure of the British in 1963.

Kenya's Mau Mau The Last Battle, Aljazeera [47 mins]

A 2013 Al Jazeera documentary following the journey of Kenyans seeking justice for Britain's role in the torture during the 1950s Mau Mau uprising.

The End of Empire Chapter 12: Kenya, Granada Television [63 mins]

First televised in 1985, The End of Empire series used old newsreel film and interviews with both colonizers and the colonized to chronicle the last days of British rule around the globe, and in this episode Kenya.

Museum of British Colonialism, YouTube

Visit the Museum of British Colonialism’s YouTube channel for videos documenting the museum’s field trip to Kangubiri and Mweru High Schools, formerly Mau Mau detention centres.


Weep Not, Child, Ngugi wa Tiong'o

A powerful story detailing the effects of the infamous Mau Mau war, the African nationalist revolt against colonial oppression in Kenya, on the lives of ordinary men and women, and on one family in particular.

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag, Caroline Elkins

Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Caroline Elkins conducted years of research to piece together this story, unearthing reams of documents and interviewing several hundred Kikuyu survivors.

Histories of the Hanged, David Anderson

Anderson’s book tells the story of the brutal war between the colonial government and the insurrectionist Mau Mau between 1952 and 1960. Anderson's troubling account details a colonial empire in its final phase employing whatever military and propaganda methods were necessary to preserve an order that it could no longer hold.

Fighting the Mau Mau, Huw Bennett

For the first time Huw Bennett examines the conduct of soldiers in detail during the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya, and uncovers the uneasy relationship between notions of minimum force and the colonial tradition of exemplary force.


The Mau Mau Uprising, Museum of British Colonialism and History Hit [27mins]

Dan Snow talks live to contributors in two different continents, Olivia Windham-Stewart from the Museum of British Colonialism with contributors Susan Kibaara and Mary Njoroge in Kenya. They discuss the caesuras in British colonial history, and what can be done to correct them.

Mau Mau, Radiolab [44mins]

When professor Caroline Elkins came across a stray document left by the British colonial government in Nairobi, Kenya, she opened the door to a new reckoning with the history of one of Britain's colonial crown jewels, and the fearsome group of rebels known as the Mau Mau. Radiolab talks to historians, archivists, journalists and send their producer to visit the Mau Mau.


Mau Mau Prisoners Released, Kenya [01:18 mins]

A group of fifty Mau Mau detainees released from Aguthi Works Camp early November 18, 1959.

Kenya Debate on Hola, 1959 [02:48 mins]

Members filmed proceeding into the Chamber of the Council, prior to the debate on the Hola incident.

Kenya Hola MauMau Detention Camp, 1959 [01:10mins]

Film of Mau Mau detainees on hunger strike at the detention camp.

Operations against Mau Mau, 1954 [05:46 mins]

Various shots including a patrol of police, home guard and Inniskilling Fusiliers walking through the bush, searching huts and arresting Mau Mau suspects.

 “Operation Anvil” in Nairobi, 1954 [06:25 mins]

Military forces inspecting the credentials of Mau Mau supporters and segregated suspects.


Post-Slavery Syndrome:Intergenerational PTSD in the Consulting Room Today

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 2019: Holloway Road, London

This conference is about living and practicing psychotherapy in a society that is deeply damaged by the legacy of the transAtlantic slave trade.

Please note, this page, like every page on the site, is a work in progress. The above is therefore not a definitive list. It will be updated as and when possible! If you have suggestions, however, please feel free to send them to us at info@museumofbritishcolonialism.org.