This innovative project will explore connections between the college and colonialism, uncovering benefactions to St John's and the alumni who served in the empire.

It will also investigate the monuments, objects, pictures and buildings that evoke the colonial past.  The research will feed into a report and other scholarly publications and a series of workshops will be held to discuss the findings and to plan responses.

“The links between Oxbridge and empire were strong and powerful. Their effects can still be felt today. Yet in recent years both colleges and universities have tended to want to forget this. It’s our hope that this project will not only uncover the ways in which empire and college were intertwined, but also serve as a model for other colleges to follow as they too come to terms with their history.” - Revd Professor William Whyte, Project Director