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We have an excellent track record of domestic and international research collaborations. Some of them are listed below. If you are interested in research collaboration, please contact the relevant staff member directly. 

Twenty Years under the Tunnel: In October 2016, Carrol organised a roundtable event on the twenty-year anniversary of the Channel Tunnel, in conjunction with the French Railway Society, which involved political scientists and historians from Brunel and beyond, as well as librarians and EU programme managers. This networking opportunity led to the publication of a special issue of the Railway History Review (Revue d’Histoire des Chemins de Fer). 

Being Human Festival: in 2019, Dornan and Carrol (along with Dr Maples from the Department of Arts and Humanities) organised a series of events as part of the UK Being Human Festival of the Humanities that aimed to communicate scholarly research to the wider UK public. Events at Brunel focused on slavery and abolition, and included a specially curated exhibition, a walking/talking history tour on Uxbridge’s unique connection to slavery and abolition, a theatrical production, and a public lecture by Professor David Olusoga OBE of Manchester University. Throughout these events, which attracted in excess of 200 visitors, RSDO provided crucial financial and organisational support to Dornan, Carrol, and Maples. 

Endangered Archives: Morgan was awarded two grants from the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme, worth £30k in total. This enabled him to train local archivists, librarians and members of the Registry Department, and to build digital archives of 18th and 19th Century wills, deed books and powers of attorney in Saint Vincent. These endangered documents are highly important to genealogy, and Morgan’s digital archives (accessible through the British Library web site) are generating a large amount of traffic from members of the public. 

Encyclopedia of Diplomacy: Folly (along with Hughes and Seligmann) was part of a large multinational project organised by Professor Gordon Martel (University of British Columbia), producing a multi-volume Encyclopedia of Diplomacy, with peer-reviewed essays written by most of the leading writers in the field. Folly wrote five pieces.