Brief for review of Somerset House’s history in relation to Britain’s colonial past

Building on our anti-racism pledge, Somerset House Trust wants to interrogate the history of Somerset House and its role in Britain’s colonial past, updating what is currently understood and making this widely available. 

To our knowledge, the historical information about Somerset House readily available in the public domain largely represents white historical perspectives. There is a lack of clarity on the impact of the current and previous building, and the legacy of those who have occupied it over its 400+ year history, on the lives of people of colour. In undertaking this work, we aim to broaden the historical understanding of Somerset House, to make it a more open and accessible space for all. 

We are now looking for an individual or group with experience of conducting historical research and analysis within a social context. It will be particularly beneficial to have performed this in the broader context of race and colonialism. You will have a qualification and recognition in a related field and have demonstrated the ability to combine your historical research into a cohesive written account. 

Please download the full brief for more information and details on how to apply. Deadline for expressions of interest is 17.00, 9 December 2020.