In this exhibition, we explore how natural hazards were studied and experienced under the conditions of empire, drawing on examples from the Society's Collections. For many people, colonialism itself was a disaster. When combined with the shock of an earthquake, an avalanche, or volcanic eruption, the effects could be especially damaging and long-lasting.
The exhibition was put together following an undergraduate workshop held at the Society in collaboration with the University of Leeds and the University of Warwick. This was an exercise in participatory research.
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Note about captions
Within the Society’s Collections there are some historical images (and image titles or captions) which are recognised as containing unacceptable forms of language, or present image content that is considered inappropriate. In such cases, as part of its Collections policy, the Society maintains access to those images and descriptors as a source of context and information for researchers, recognising that the historical language used or image subjects in themselves do not reflect the Society’s contemporary position as an organisation wholly committed to principles of equality and diversity.