All posts tagged: british empire

Personal view of the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth and me – a view from West Acton 

Image: Commonwealth Heads of Government with a cricketers team in Harare during CHOGM 1991. © Commonwealth Secretariat In the tenth of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Professor Keith Somerville, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, gives a personal view of an organisation with ‘little or no […]

Britain and the Commonwealth

Commonwealth of nations – not Britain  

Image: Nelson Mandela with Chief Secretary-General Emeka Anyaoku. © Commonwealth Secretariat In the eighth of a series of scholarly articles marking the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Dr Susan Williams, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, sets out her hope for ‘one large family – on an equal basis […]

Shakespeare 400: ‘let us tribute bring’

Image: Illustration from Richard Foulkes, The Shakespeare Tercentenary of 1864 With just over two weeks until the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on 23 April 1616, Professor Sir Brian Vickers, one of the UK’s most distinguished Shakespearian scholars, takes a historical look at celebrations marking the literary giant’s birth and death. In the Victorian […]