Decolonising History

Curriculum reform and teacher training

Researchers: Claire Alexander, Sundeep Lidher, Rashida Bibi

Building on a decade of award-winning work on developing an inclusive history curriculum, in partnership with the Runnymede Trust (, this project has two strands: firstly, exploring the existing and newly emerging initiatives around decolonising the history curriculum in schools, working with key institutions and stakeholders from across the education sector; secondly, examining the role of teacher training in implementing effective change in the classroom.   


Decolonising history and migration - podcast with Rashida Bibi and guests - and Oldham residents - Roger Ivens, a Local Studies Officer, and Mohammed Ashraf who moved to the town from Pakistan in the 1950s. They discuss migration from South Asia to former mill towns, such as Oldham, a key example of Britain’s long history of contact with other cultures, how this has shaped the nation's story, and the importance of oral history interviews as a way to mark and preserve this important piece of history.