British Council Proudly Presents
‘Ten Cities That Made an Empire’
A Lecture by Dr Tristram Hunt MP
Part of the British Council 'Knowledge is Great' Lecture Series
About the Lecture:
Around the world, the final embers of the British Empire are dying out. But what is remarkable is the degree to which the urban legacy of the British Empire – from Singapore to Dublin; Mumbai to Melbourne – retains such a significant footprint.
In this public lecture, acclaimed British historian and UK Member of Parliament, Dr Tristram Hunt MP, explores the cultural, political, and architectural history of Britain’s colonial cities. He charts their rise from Boston, on the eastern seaboard of the United States, to their final handover in Hong Kong, and explores how each of these cities testified to a different understanding of the development and purpose of empire down the centuries. Through the architecture and streetscape, the governance and trade relations, the meaning of Empire was made real. It is by exploring this urban history that we can begin to understand something of the complexity of the imperial past.
Finally, Dr Hunt looks at the impact of colonialism on Britain’s own cities and concludes that, today, the rising powers of the East are building their own monuments to global power
About the Speaker:
Dr Tristram Hunt MP is Member of Parliament (Labour Party) for Stoke-on-Trent Central, and Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London. Previously, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, he now chairs the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Committee on cities, local government and regeneration.
Tristram took a First Class degree in history from the University of Cambridge (1995), before serving as an Exchange Fellow at the University of Chicago (1996), and returning to Cambridge to complete his doctoral thesis. After working on the 1997 General Election campaign, he became a Special Adviser to Science Minister Lord Sainsbury (1997-2000), Associate Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, King’s College, Cambridge; and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is the author of Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City (2004), the award-winning biography, Marx’s General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels (2009), and Ten Cities That Made an Empire (2014). During this period, Tristram also served as a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Centre for Cities think-tank.
Since entering Parliament in 2010, Tristram Hunt has focused on the regeneration needs of industrial communities; educational excellence; and local government reform. He is a Trustee of the History of Parliament Trust and fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
The event will be held at The Glass Hall, Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Rd, 189555. The timings for the evening are as follows (all timings are approximate):
6pm - Welcome and registration
6.30pm - Dr Tristram Hunt MP will begin the lecture
7.15pm - Q&A with the audience
7.30pm - Reception
Tickets are free and include all food and drinks.
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