Sunday 4 July 2010, 11am-5pm, Lab 2 & 3
Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU
23 June 2010 is the 253 years anniversary of the Battle of Plassey. It was on this day in 1757 that the East India Company conquered Bengal under the leadership of Robert Clive. It was also the beginning of the British Indian Empire.
Brick Lane Circle recently delivered a unique project that engaged a group of young people (18-25) who explored and wrote a book on the legacy of the East India Company and London’s historical links with Bengal.
The 2010 Annual Plassey Conference has been designed to continue and help increase the interest generated by the writing of the book Plassey’s Legacy: Young Londoners Explore the Hidden Story of the East India Company.
You will be able to meet some of the young authors at the conference and obtain a free copy of the book.
MORNING SESSION 11.00AM-1.30PM: CHAIRED BY SAMIA RAHMAN
CATALOGUING THE CLIVE PAPERS IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY
By Marie-Claire Wyatt, who has an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York and received her Archive qualification from University College Dublin in 2005. She has worked at the British Library since 2007, first in the Manuscripts Department cataloguing the Coleridge Family Archive, then in India Office Records where she has been responsible for cataloguing the papers of Robert, Baron Clive of Plassey and of John, 13th Lord Elphinstone, Governor of Bombay.
THE GREAT BENGAL FAMINE OF 1770: NEW PERSPECTIVES
By Dr Tirthankar Roy, who is Reader in Economic History, London School of Economics. He has published extensively on economic and social history of modern South Asia, including a successful text, The Economic History of India 1857-1947, OUP India 2000, and a monograph on the history of the textile artisans from Cambridge University Press in 1999.
LUNCH 1.30 – 2.15PM (£6.00 per person for lunch)
AFTERNOON SESSION 2.15-5.00PM: CHAIRED BY NIAZ ALOM
MONSOON TRADERS: THE MARITIME WORLD OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY
By Dr Robert Blyth, who is curator of imperial and maritime history at the National Maritime Museum. He has written on British India’s maritime frontiers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and on the history and material culture of transatlantic slavery. He is currently co-authoring a maritime history of the East India Company.
TEA: DIVIDING POLITICS, UNITING HERITAGE
By Ruhana Ali, who is a co-author of Plassey’s Legacy. She graduated in Social Policy, Criminal Justice & Psychology from the London School of Economics. She is a freelance writer, journalist, television presenter in the community and currently works as a community organiser for London Citizens.
All welcome! Free Entry! Advance booking only!
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