Image of a globe used for the Cumberland Lodge conference on Difficult Histories & Positive Identities in February 2019

On Tuesday 19 November, at 6pm, we launch our Difficult Histories & Positive Identities report at Broadway House, Westminster.

Difficult Histories & Positive Identities offers a unique, interdisciplinary and cross-sector insight into how problematic aspects of the past can be engaged with in ways that create meaningful experiences of political and social belonging for people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives.

It presents a series of practical, policy-focused recommendations for intervention and change.

Insight and recommendations

This Cumberland Lodge Report marks the culmination of a 12-month project to explore the legacy of difficult histories in relation to contemporary identities and forms of belonging. It draws on wisdom and experience from academics, educationalists, museum curators, NGO representatives, policymakers and young people from across the UK.

Our report summaries key themes and best-practice recommendations that emerged from our independent research and a roundtable conference at Cumberland Lodge in February 2019. These ideas were reviewed and refined at an expert consultation we convened with conference representatives and further specialists, in June 2019.

The report's author is Cumberland Lodge freelance research associate Dr James Wallis, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.

Launch event

The launch will begin with short introductions from invited specialists, to highlight its key themes and recommendations.

Our panelists include: 

  • Nick Dennis - Director of Studies, St Francis' College
  • Professor Martin Daunton FBA - Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Ellen McAdam - Director, Birmingham Museums Trust

After our panel discussions, there will be a drinks reception and the chance to mingle with fellow guests and contributors to the report.

Location details for the venue can be found here or downloaded as a pdf from this webpage.

Please note that the event will be filmed and photographed, to help raise awareness about the report online and via our e-newsletters. If you would rather not be filmed or photographed, please let a member of our team know in advance.

Copies of the report

The full report will be published on the Read, Watch, Listen pages of our website shortly after the launch, in downloadable pdf and e-book formats. To request a hard copy, please email us at

Watch again

The video of the launch event live-stream will be published on 20 November 2019, here.

This project is part of our 2018-19 Identities & Belonging series.


Conference discussions from the Difficult Histories & Positive Identities conference held at Cumberland Lodge, 2019



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Dates and times

From: 19 Nov 2019 - 6:00pm
To: 19 Nov 2019 - 8:00pm