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MUSEUM OF BRITISH COLONIALISM

Anti-Blackness & Colonial Detention: Histories & Legacies

25.07.24

08.08.24

FREE ENTRY

Scholars estimate that British-colonial forces set up and operated over 100 detention camps and works camps to support their campaign to retain control of Kenya in the face of a fierce independence movement in the 1950s. The British colonial administration used this network of camps – referred to as the ‘Pipeline’ – to detain and torture hundreds of thousands of Kenyans with the aim of extracting confessions of allegiance to the Mau Mau independence movement.

 

In this exhibition, the Museum of British Colonialism examines the remnants of colonial detention camps in Kenya, focusing on Manyani: once a large 'holding camp' used to process detainees in the 1950s, and now one of Kenya's largest maximum security prisons. We explore how Manyani’s design, purpose, and operation were deeply rooted in anti-blackness. The exhibition highlights how frameworks of environment, health, infrastructure, erasure, and resistance help us to understand how current models of imprisonment and anti-blackness are linked.

Information:

ADDRESS:

The Alchemy Experiment

157 Byres Road, G12 8TS

Glasgow

VIEWING NIGHT:

Thursday 25th July                19.00-22.00

OPENING HOURS:

Mon - Thu                                  8.30-18.00

Fri                                                 8.30-22.00

Sat                                               9.00-22.00

Sun                                             10.00-18.00

ARTIST LINKS:

museumofbritishcolonialism.org

@museumofbc

info@museumofbritishcolonialism.org

The Museum of British Colonialism is a trans-national team dedicated to sharing marginalised narratives of British colonialism through innovative exhibitions, research, and fieldwork. MBC challenges traditional assumptions of what a ‘museum’ is and does. We do not hold a physical collection; instead, we create, share, and act as a repository for digital resources that highlight lived experiences of British colonialism. Our goal is to hold a digital archive of openly accessible research and accounts relating to British colonialism and its lingering effects around the world. We welcome people from across the globe to join the conversation and contribute research material.

Purchase enquires - contact us at staff@alchemyexperiment.com

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