The Rhode to Home Rule – Cecil Rhodes and the Irish Independence movement

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Researcher Seamus Nevin will discuss a lesser known history of the famous imperialist Cecil Rhodes.

In 1888 Cecil Rhodes gave £10,000 to Charles Stewart Parnell’s Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP). But why would the young and ambitious Rhodes seek the support of the then notorious Parnell at the very moment Parnell was under public suspicion concerning the horrific Phoenix Park murders? And why would a Irish nationalist do business with the most notorious British imperialist of the age? Using a number of newly discovered sources, this talk will shed fresh light on a highly significant, yet understudied episode in British imperial history, and pose questions about the relationship between Irish nationalism and British imperialism.

Doors open at 5.15pm when guests will enjoy access to Museum galleries and a bar serving wine and soft drinks. The talk will start at 6pm and will be followed by Q&As.

This is a hybrid event which will also be broadcast online. Book online tickets here and in-person tickets here.

About Uncomfortable Oxford:

Uncomfortable Oxford is a social enterprise aiming to raise awareness and create discussions about the ‘uncomfortable’ and difficult aspects of our shared history. We run discussion-based walking tours, public lectures, outreach programs and a blog to engage with these histories and their impact on Oxford today.

Access requirements

The Museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users and baby carriers. There is step-free, level entry access to the Town Hall is via the entrance closest to Carfax (to the left of the main steps as you face the Town Hall). Inside the Museum, Museum Makers is accessible via a platform lift and lift to the basement level. Accessible toilets are available in the Museum (close to Museum Makers) and in the Town Hall on the ground floor, before entering the Museum. Please contact the Museum team if you’d like to talk to a member of staff about your access requirements. Further access information can be found on our website: https://museumofoxford.org/plan-your-visit/access
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