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A lecture series on British India presented by the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia in association with the South Asia Centre, London School of Economics.

Lectures start at 18.30 and will be followed by a wine reception.


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Lecture 1: Thursday 5 December

India’s Great War: Forgotten Personal Stories of 1914-18

What part did the Indian Army play in the First World War, and how significant was it? British historian George Morton-Jack finds new answers in a lecture that recounts the story of India’s Great War through the forgotten personal stories of officers, men and those they left behind. George Morton-Jack is the author of the acclaimed The Indian Empire at War (2018), the first global history of the Indian Army 1914-18, and will explore the experiences of its British officers and Indian ranks across the fronts of Europe, Africa and Asia.

Attendees whose ancestors served in the Indian Army in the First World War are invited to meet at the reception following the lecture. Please email bacsalectures@gmail.com to let us know to expect you.

Lecture 2: Thursday 6 February

Lord Curzon’s Lament: India and the British World, 1857-1947

India was often seen by Old India Hands as the quintessential expression of British Imperialism—a view that modern commentators are quick to endorse. But that was not what many contemporaries thought—and with good reason. This lecture by Professor John Darwin will suggest some of the reasons why. John Darwin is a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College. He retired in 2019 as Professor of Global and Imperial History, University of Oxford, and is an internationally renowned historian of empires, and of the British Empire, and a Fellow of the British Academy. His works include The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World System 1830-1970 and Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain.


Lecture 3: Thursday 12 March

She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen

The first British women set foot in India in the early seventeenth century. It is well known that some went to India to find husbands but what is almost unknown is that they also worked as traders, cloth merchants, milliners, shop-keepers, and much else besides. Katie Hickman, bestselling author of Courtesans, Daughters of Britannia and She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen (2019), examines the lives of these tough, early adventurers that challenge the stereotype of the snobbish, indolent memsahib.


Lecture 4: Monday 6 April

Keeping Their Spirits Up: Alcohol, Diet and Doctoring during the Siege of Lucknow

The journals of civilians and soldiers besieged at the Residency describe a deadly struggle to survive in the face of starvation, wounds and disease. Sam Goodman considers how the siege required greater civilian involvement in the defence of Empire than ever before and desperate measures with respect to alcohol, diet and doctoring. Dr Sam Goodman, Principal Academic, Bournemouth University, is currently researching the role of alcohol in colonial medicine, military routine and Anglo-Indian culture, supported by a Wellcome Trust grant. He is the author of British Spy Fiction and the End of Empire and a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker.

Attendees whose ancestors were besieged at Lucknow are invited to meet at the reception following the lecture. Please email bacsalectures@gmail.com to let us know to expect you.

Lecture 5: Monday 11 May

The Railways of the Raj

Britain built India's railways. Often portrayed as an act of colonial benevolence, the truth is more complex. In this lecture Christian Wolmar explores the history of India's rail network and its role in the nation's history, explains why it was built, and shows how its development was a missed opportunity. Christian Wolmar is a distinguished railway historian and transport commentator whose books include Blood, Iron and Gold, The Great Railway Revolution and The Railways and the Raj.


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Prices include a glass of wine

BACSA members: £6

Guests of BACSA members: £8.50

General admission: £10

Students: £5.50 (on presentation of a valid student ID)

We regret that tickets for more than one lecture are unable to be booked in the same transaction. This does not apply to those who wish to book for all five lectures, who may select the options below. Note: tickets for all five lectures are available only before the first lecture.

BACSA members (all 5 lectures): £30

Guests of BACSA members (all 5 lectures): £42.50. OFFER: Guests who wish to join BACSA (£20 annual subscription), can be booked at the BACSA members rate (£30). They should submit a membership application form, accompanied by payment, to the given address.

Non-BACSA (all 5 lectures): £50. OFFER: If you wish to join BACSA (£20 annual subscription), please book at the BACSA members rate (£30) and submit a membership application form, accompanied by payment, to the given address.

Students (all 5 lectures): £27.50

Tickets will also be available at the door unless sold out


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For information on the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia, membership benefits and how to join, see www.bacsa.org.uk

Bringing together people with a concern for the European cemeteries, isolated graves and monuments in South Asia

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