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The University of Southampton
Centre for Imperial and Post Colonial Studies


The Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies benefits from the University of Southampton’s world-class collection of archive materials on the history of empire and decolonization.

Special Collections in the Hartley Library is home to the papers of the Duke of Wellington, Lord Palmerston (including the journals of Lord Shaftesbury) and Earl Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India and its first Governor-General.

The Library also contains a comprehensive run of British Parliamentary Papers as well as the Oates collection of books and ephemera relating to slavery in the Caribbean.

Earl and Countess Mountbatten with Mahatma Gandhi
Earl and Countess Mountbatten with Mahatma Gandhi
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