7 April 2018

Questioning reflections of Empire

Dr Shawn Sobers, Associate Professor of Lens-based Media at UWE, brings together a panel of speakers and artists to discuss and respond creatively to the question of how the British Empire and its legacy are represented in photo and film.

This one day symposium discusses how the colonial period could be reflected in future education, and explores how artists reclaim colonial imagery to reclaim the narrative.

The day includes behind the scenes tours of Bristol Museum’s World Cultures collections, an opportunity to visit the Empire Through the Lens exhibition, and an insight into the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection. Tea and coffee provided.

This event was originally scheduled to take place on 3 March but was postponed due to adverse weather conditions.


  • Alejandro Acin
  • Kofi Allen
  • Isaac Blease
  • Alex Gapud
  • Sue Giles
  • Dr Zainab Khan
  • Jendayi Serwah
  • Dr Shawn Sobers

Spoken and visual respondents:

  • Marcus ‘Corrd’ Brown
  • Jasmine Thompson

Suitable for anyone with an interest in striking images, post-colonial studies, or our social history.

Empire Through the Lens

From about 500,000 images, we asked 27 people to each choose one piece. The selectors include development workers, artists, photographers, historians and relatives of the photographers.

They each bring a different perspective to the collection, and represent a broad range of personal knowledge, aesthetic appreciation and academic thought on the people and countries shown in the images, the legacy of Empire and the post-colonial experience.


Part of BBC Civilisations Festival. In partnership with UWE.





We're sorry, but all tickets sales have ended because the event is expired.