Northamptonshire and the British Empire

Dr Julia Bush

16th October 2010

St Andrew's Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton

Julia Bush has retired and is currently studying African History after a career in teaching and academic management. Since 1986 she has held a wide range of responsibilities at what is now the University of Northampton, including the roles of History lecturer, Research Director, Head of School and Dean of Faculty. Her historical interests have always included local and community history, alongside specialist research into aspects of women's history and the history of the British Empire. Her publications include jointly authored works with Northamptonshire Black History Association and other local heritage groups, as well as academic articles and books. Her most recent books are Edwardian Ladies and Imperial Power (Leicester University Press, 2000) and Women Against the Vote (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Julia Bush's talk on Northamptonshire and the British Empire draws both upon her academic research and her work with Northamptonshire Black History Association. She will comment generally upon the evolving historiography of the British Empire, and its links to Local History and 'public history', before selecting and illustrating a few key aspects of Northamptonshire's imperial history. Her emphasis will be upon the two-way migration of people resulting from imperial expansion and contraction. Global migration and settlement have created Local History which is more than purely 'local'; conversely, the meeting points between local and imperial history may sometimes challenge the conclusions of larger-scale historical research.

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