Our past public lectures
The Raj Re-Examined
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.
Claude Martin: An Enlightenment Figure in 18th-Century India
Monday 3 December
A Frenchman in the service of the East India Company, Major General Claude Martin was not only the richest European of his day but the embodiment of Enlightenment thinking in his philanthropy and passions for scientific discovery, natural history and antiquarianism. His houses in India were filled with classical statues, paintings, cabinets of curiosities and a great library. Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, who is working on a third book on Martin, explores the life and legacy of this remarkable man. Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE is editor of BACSA’s journal Chowkidar and the leading authority on the history of Lucknow. Her most recent books are The Uprising of 1857 and The Last King in India: Wajid Ali Shah.
The British in India: Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience
Monday 5 November
British people settled in India shortly after the reign of Elizabeth I and were there well into the reign of Elizabeth II. Who were they and why did they go? What drove these men and women to risk their lives on long voyages down the Atlantic and across the Indian Ocean? And when they got to India, what did they do and how did they live? Were the memsahibs really as E. M. Forster portrayed them? Why did so many Britons ‘stay on’ after 1947? In the opening lecture to our series, BACSA member Sir David Gilmour, distinguished author of Curzon, The Long Recessional (a life of Rudyard Kipling), The Ruling Caste and The British in India (2018), outlines the social history of a long and extraordinary endeavour.