Local History, Country Houses, the East India Company and Slavery by Professor Corinne Fowler followed by a full afternoon tea

Date(s) - 24/04/2022
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hoby & District Village Hall

We are very pleased to have Professor Corinne Fowler talking about her work with the National trust.

She is Professor of Postcolonial Literature at Leicester University and her subject is rural Britain’s colonial connections. This includes rural sites such as coastlines, moorlands, graveyards and villages but she is particularly interested in country houses, which often have myriad and foundational links to empire. Her project, ‘Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted’ (Heritage Lottery and Arts Council) is a child-led history and writing project which seeks to make historic houses’ connections to the East India Company and transatlantic slavery widely known. In recent years her focus has been on how, and why, heritage sites’ colonial stories are told or avoided. It investigates the many barriers to incorporating significant colonial connections into on-site and digital interpretation and has become increasingly applied in the sector. Between 2019-2020 she was seconded to the National Trust to conduct research tests on all aspects of curation, interpretation and training to lay the groundwork for telling these stories.

After the lecture we will serve the famous Hoby afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea.