Objects of Empire


The British Empire presents a challenging, contentious history. Local history, especially, might seem worlds away from the colonial landscape, giving many museums no incentive to delve deeper into the topic and uncover stories which are now hidden all around us.

In this exhibition, we have taken 20 objects from our collection of over 40,000, using the research and commentary of expert historians to look at them from a new perspective – through the lens of the history of the British Empire. Why not give Walton Library a visit, and discover the forgotten connections between the vast Empire and our historic thoughts, homes and local landscapes?

Delve deeper into this fascinating subject with our Objects of Empire online exhibition