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FOR ALL WITH AN INTEREST IN THE HISTORY
OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY AND THE BRITISH RAJ

The British in India Historical Trust presents Zoom lectures by authors of recently published books of interest to descendants of the British in South Asia between 1600 and 1947 and all who want to know more about the East India Company and the British Raj. The proceeds from lectures fund annual book prizes for excellence in non-fiction historical writing on British India. Zoom lectures are currently in recess and will recommence in October.

In 2024 The British in India will present two live lectures on the Indian Mutiny on Monday 10 June and Monday 14 October at a venue in central London. See here for further details.

FEATURED LECTURE

MONDAY 10 JUNE 2024 18.30-20.30 (LIVE)

The Rise and Fall of the City of Lucknow

Rosie Llewellyn-Jones

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YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART / BROWN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

Lucknow enjoyed a short but spectacular rise after the Nawabs of Avadh made it their capital in 1775. Celebrated as a city of palaces, shrines and extraordinary European-inspired architecture, the arts of dance, music, drama, poetry, painting and silverware flourished under its fabulously wealthy rulers. This cultural splendour ended when the Indian Mutiny broke out. The city was occupied by rebel sepoys and Lucknow became famed throughout the Empire for the defence of the British Residency by its small garrison of soldiers, civilians and schoolboys, its reliefs by Havelock and Outram and its eventual fall to the British in fierce fighting.

Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE is a renowned historian of colonial India who has lectured widely in Britain, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, France and the USA. Her many books include Lucknow 1857, The Last King in India: Wajid Ali Shah, The Uprising of 1857, A Fatal Friendship: The Nawabs, the British and the City of Lucknow and, most recently, Empire Building: The Construction of British India, 1690-1860. 

How to book

See the Live Lectures page for all forthcoming lectures and booking links. 

Proceeds of lectures fund prizes for non-fiction historical writing on British India.

BOOK PRIZES

Proceeds from lectures fund annual prizes for non-fiction historical writing on British India: The British in India Book Prize and The British in India Military History Book Prize. The results of The British in India Book Prize 2024 are given here.

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