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Fighting for Empire

Event date Event time Event location
10/11/2017 - 09/09/2018 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London

This display about the West India Regiments is centred on Samuel Hodge, the first African-Caribbean man to win the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest military award.

The display is curated by David Lambert, Professor of History at the Department of History. It has been created in partnership with the University of Warwick and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and draws on research undertaken as part of th 'Africa's Sons Under Arms' research project.

This display explores the changing image of the West India Regiments from their creation at the end of the 18th century up to the First World War. It speaks directly to many of the themes in the permanent displays at the Museum of London Docklands, notably enslaved resistance, black agency, and visual representation. The theme is explored primarily through prints, ephemera and maps, as well as a large framed oil painting by Louis William Desanges entitled ‘The Capture of the Tubabakolong, Gambia (1866)’, which depicts Private Samuel Hodge.

For more information about the background of this display please visit the Africa’s Sons Under Arms page.

About the venue

Please visit the Museum of London Docklands website for more information.


Join the conversation by searching for #hodgeVC and @africassons.

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