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Our Services - Decolonising your reading list toolkit: Useful Resource List

This guide provides information about decolonising reading lists and provides you with advice and guidance on best practice.


Editor: Yuka Atsuchi 

Decolonisation Library Intern ( April 2023 - July 2023) 

2nd year Natural Science Student 


This page lists new library collection that relates to decolonisation, further reading, and other library support for your decolonisation pathway. 

Our new decolonisation data resource 

  1. State Papers Online Colonial: Asia, Part 1: Far East, Hong Kong and Wei-Hai-Wei
  2. Church Missionary Society Archive
  3. Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876
  4. Nigeria and Cameroon Under Colonial Rule in Government Reports, 1887-1962
  5. Colonial Africa in Official Statistics
  6. British Online Archives: Colonial Law in Africa (3 modules covering 1808-1919, 1920-1945, 1946-1966)
  7. South Open Asia Archive
  8. Decolonisation: The Politics of Independence (available shortly)
  9. Africa Commons
  10. BFI Player - film streaming service from the BFI, including many international and non-English language films (see the link for details of how to register for free)

Further reading about decolonisation

How diverse is your reading list? Exploring issues of representation and decolonisation in the UK

Cross-disciplinary, collaborative and student-led: developing a change process for diversifying reading lists

Decolonising through critical librarianship

Decolonisation and Anti-Racism

Library research support 

Discover: Search Archive Collections

Discover: Search Book Collections

All database collections in library: A-Z database

Durham University Records: Archives and Special Collections

Making request for a new library purchase (academic colleagues requestiing items for reading lists should use Talis Aspire)

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This toolkit is still developing. If you have any thoughts or enquiries, please share with us.