Hidden Histories: Empire

06/03/2023 - 05/03/2024

Hollytrees Museum


Suitable for Everyone

Exhibition, History

About this Event

All objects have a story to tell. Some stories are well known and are easy to hear, but others are forgotten about, ignored or contested. Behind the labels for the objects in museums are untold stories which we are seeking to reveal, challenging existing narratives.  

The British Empire ruled over areas across several continents, including North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. By 1913, it became the largest in history. Our latest Hidden Histories project explores stories behind some of the objects on display at Hollytrees Museum linked to that empire.

Discover more by visiting our Empire page.

For useful information, such as how to find us and what facilities Hollytrees Museum has, we recommend reading our Access information: Access at Hollytrees Museum | Colchester Museums

We would like to thank our project partners for shaping this display. The group includes representatives from local groups such as the Bangladeshi Women’s Association Essex and the Colchester Chinese Culture Society.


This event is free to all.

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