We aspire to change the narrative around British colonialism and its legacies. In the long-term, we hope to facilitate conversations around the research of British colonialism through acting as a repository for digital archives.
A world map highlighting the British empire at its height.
What we do
We challenge 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. In doing so, we seek to be truly accessible to all. Find out more about our current projects below.
Our goal is to have a repository of research and accounts detailing the events during British colonialism and the lingering effects on the colonies. We welcome everyone from all over the globe to join the conversation and contribute research material.
The Story of MBC
Discover the story of MBC, a transnational team dedicated to sharing the marginalised narratives of British colonialism through innovative exhibitions, archives, and fieldwork.
In January 2018, friends Susan, Mary, and Olivia began working together to create an exhibition about the Mau Mau Emergency. Whilst Susan and Mary, both Kenyan, were based in Nairobi, Olivia being British was based in London. Despite this, they spoke daily on the role of the former British colonial regime and how it was still influencing the way people in Kenya related to and interacted with one another. Though distance kept them physically apart, they soon realised this transnational relationship and network was integral to their ability to access and present the marginalised narratives of British colonial rule in Kenya.
Come May of that same year, MBC gained the interest and knowledge of Chao, then a New Media Developer at the Science Museum. Chao was busy building her now globally renowned organisation African Digital Heritage, with her first mission being to document, preserve, and restore the now-dilapidated Kenya-Uganda railway. Bringing her digital expertise, MBC now had a clear vision on how to present this history. With so much knowledge and evidence of the ways in which people experienced British colonialism sitting within institutions and academic publications, the MBC team became determined to share these resources widely, accessibly, and creatively.
Since its inception in 2018, the team members committed to MBC’s vision have changed, evolved, and grown. We continue to work transnationally but with a strong Kenya-UK foundation. Though we are all volunteers to the organisation, personally driven by MBC’s aims, we have achieved a lot in our foundational years. From online exhibitions to physical ones in Kenya and the UK. A documentary to the establishment of an online oral history archive. Multiple fieldwork trips and many international conferences and events. MBC continues to connect those across the globe in important and innovative discussions on the history and narratives of those who resisted and experienced British colonial rule.