Nov-Dec 2016 – Aboriginal activists Rodney Kelly and Roxely Foley speak at Cambridge to draw attention to the stolen Gweagal shield and spears, held by Trinity College and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
16 Nov 2017 – The second Decolonisation Assembly is hosted in the club room at Darwin College. The purpose of the meeting is to create links between different organising groups and find shared goals to work towards.
23 Feb 2018 – An open letter calling for the establishment of BME Officers across all Cambridge college JCRs and MCRs circulates, responding to resistance in some colleges.
16 March 2018 – Following a week-long student occupation of the Old Schools, an open meeting with the the Vice-Chancellor is held in Great St Mary’s, in which Prof Toope expresses public support for decolonisation.
March-April 2018 – Decolonisation working groups are now established across over at least 16 departments and faculties, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Education, English, Geography, History, History of Art, History and Philosophy of Science, Law, Medieval and Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Politics and International Studies, and Sociology.
13 Sept 2018 – Demilitarise Cambridge is formed and divesting university finances from Arms companies becomes an explicit part of the decolonisation agenda in Cambridge.
16 Nov 2018 – Students from across the University march through the centre of Cambridge for the Divest, Disarm, Decolonise rally.
27 Oct 2021 – Jesus College returns the Okukor Bronze to Benin, Nigeria, following a student-led repatriation campaign that first started in 2015.
This timeline is a work in progress, so if you know of an event that should be included, please get in touch via the BME Campaign.
(Also, don’t forget to check out our archive of decolonisation work in colleges and departments,find out more about student groups involved in decolonisation work, as well as general decolonising resources).
In solidarity with all organisers and activists over the years xox