The British Academy President’s Medal winner’s event: David Olusoga

Thursday 12th May

David Olusoga in the national archive at Kew examining British Slave registers

David Olusoga, winner of the 2021 British Academy President’s Medal, joins Professor Julia Black in conversation to discuss his life and career as one of the UK’s foremost historians.


Professor David Olusoga OBE is a British-Nigerian historian, writer, broadcaster and filmmaker, best known as the author of Black and British: A Forgotten History and presenter of acclaimed documentaries, such as the BAFTA-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners, Black and British: A Forgotten History and the current A House Through Time. He is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester and received an OBE in the 2019 New Year Honours list for services to history and to community integration.

He receives the President’s Medal – the British Academy’s highest honour – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the humanities and social sciences through his championing of inclusive approaches to British and international history and his impact on how we understand our collective histories.

The medal is awarded by the President of the British Academy, Professor Julia Black who is Strategic Director of Innovation and Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Speaker: Professor David Olusoga OBE, historian, writer and broadcaster

Chair: Professor Julia Black PBA, President, the British Academy

This event will take place at the British Academy ( 10–11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH), with an in-person audience, and will be live streamed on Zoom Webinar. A recording of this event will be added to our YouTube channel after the event has taken place. If you have any questions about this event, please refer to our Public Events FAQs. If your question is not answered, please email

This event will have live subtitles provided by StageTEXT, delivered by MyClearText.

Free, booking required

Image: historian and broadcaster David Olusoga

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