Project Events

The following activities events were organised by the 'Mutiny at the Margins' research team at Edinburgh University to bring together Indian and British academics and other interested parties to commemorate and explore the Indian Uprising of 1857-58. Several of these activities, notably the 'Schools & Colleges Project', and the networks resulting will continue for some time after the formal anniversary year has ended.


MUTINY AT THE MARGINS: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857, Conference at the University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh, July 23rd-26th 2007

REMEMBERING INDIA IN 1857, Conference, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, December 13th-14th 2007 - for details please contact Crispin.Bates@ed.ac.uk and/or Rakhshanda Jalil <rakhshandaj@yahoo.co.in>

SAVAGE ATTACK: Adivasi (tribal) Insurgency in India, Royal Asiatic Society, London, JUNE 30th and JULY 1st 2008. The conference will bring together historians attached to the 'Mutiny at Margins' project at Edinburgh University with anthropologists working on an ESRC-funded project on naxalism in tribal areas of contemporary India at Goldsmiths College, London. For further details please contact Dr. Crispin Bates or Dr. Alpa Shah


Edinburgh, 23 July 2007

Reporting 1857': the Indian Uprising and the British Media

Military aspects of 1857

Muslims and the State

London, 27 July 2007

Historiography, pedagogy and future histories of 1857


Sunday 22 nd July 2007

Public Lecture on 'The Last Mughal' by William Dalrymple, 7pm at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Free tickets available from the NLS.

Tuesday 24th July 2007

Public Lecture by Professor Rajat Ray (Vice Chancellor, Vishva Bharati University) and Nupur Chaudhuri (Presidency College Calcutta): 'We and They in 1857: The Mutiny from the Mutineers Mouths'. 7pm at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Free tickets available from the NLS.

Friday 27th July 2007

Public Lecture by Professor Mushirul Hasan (Vice Chancellor, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi): 'The Other Face of the "War of Independence" '  6pm at the Royal Asiatic Society, London. 14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1. All are welcome.


Tea and Tigers: Stories of Scotland and South Asia Exhibition, with related events, at the National Library of Scotland (NLS), George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, from Saturday 30 June to Wednesday 5 September 2007.

Monday, 23rd July 2007, 6.30-8pm: Opening of Exhibition of Photography in India in the Nineteenth Century followed by Public Reception (with Edinburgh Indian Association) at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 25th July 2007, 6.30-8pm: Public Performance of classical north Indian Khyal singing by Rajan Misra and his brother Sajan Misra at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SPNG)

For all public events thanks are due to the generous sponsorship of Edinburgh University, the SPNG, NLS and the Edinburgh Indian Association. For details of other activities in Edinburgh and Scotland commemorating the Indian Uprising of 1857-58 and the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence, please see the Scottish Executive's 'One Scotland' 60th Anniversary information page.



The Schools and Colleges project aims to create an international database of materials suitable for schools to access, and to encourage school projects relating to the Mutiny at the Margins theme by

  1. Posting information and images on the website for schools and colleges to access
  2. Stimulating ideas for school micro-research projects by providing details of available records in archives, libraries, museums etc, and by offering examples of types of local memorials and activities connected to the mutiny.
  3. Stimulating exchanges between schools and colleges in Britain and overseas on the subject of the mutiny.
  4. Hosting a competition for the best project completed during the academic year 2008-9: for which two top prizes of £250 and four runner-up prizes of £50 will be awarded for the best contributions from Schools and Colleges participating within the UK, India, or other places of Indian settelement in the Commonwealth.


  1. Vist our ‘texts' and ‘images' pages on this website to find ideas and potential materials for projects in your area
  2. CONTACT US to learn about the competition and to add your institution's name to the project
  3. Enter your project title into the competition.
  4. Access our Schools & Colleges Page where you can:
    Compare notes with other schools across the world participating in our project
    Add your views and perspectives to our Schools and Colleges' Interactive Guestbook.