In his last event as President of the British Academy, Professor Sir David Cannadine joins journalist Zeinab Badawi to reflect on his life, his career as an historian and on his time as President. He will also discuss the place of history in our national life today in the era of Brexit and COVID-19.
David Cannadine is one of the pre-eminent historians of his generation. Growing up in Birmingham during the 1950s and 1960s, his imagination was captured by a brilliant history teacher. The first member of his family to go to university, he read history at Cambridge and has since taught and worked at universities on both sides of the Atlantic. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1999 and became President in 2017.
His interests are wide-ranging and he is the author and editor of many books, including A Question of Retribution? The British Academy and the Matter of Anthony Blunt (2020), Westminster Abbey: A Church in History (2019), Churchill: The Statesman as Artist (2018), Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906 (2017), Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy (2017), The Right Kind of History (2006), Ornamentalism: how the British saw their Empire (2001), and The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy (1990).
Alongside his distinguished academic career, Cannadine has also served as Chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery and of the Blue Plaques Panel, as a Commissioner of English Heritage, as a Trustee of the Royal Academy and of Historic Royal Palaces, and as a member of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee. He was knighted for services to scholarship in 2009. He is currently Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University, a Visiting Professor of History at the University of Oxford, a Trustee of the Wolfson Foundation and Chair of the Wolfson History Prize judges, Vice-President of the Victorian Society and Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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Speaker: Professor Sir David Cannadine PBA, President, The British Academy
Chair: Zeinab Badawi, international broadcaster
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Image: Photograph of Professor Sir David Cannadine PBA by Benedict Johnson