Professor David Olusoga Bicentenary Lecture: Making History in the Age of Black Lives Matter

A lecture for Sixth Form Students on 6 June 2024

Professor David Olusoga

Brought to you by The University of Manchester’s History Department and Creative Manchester, in partnership with Factory International, an event for Year 12/13 students… with David Olusoga, Professor of Public History at The University of Manchester and BAFTA award winning presenter of acclaimed BBC TV programmes Civilisations, Black and British and Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.

Join David in what promises to be an absorbing lecture on why studying history as a discipline is important today – and its relevance in our everyday lives. This is a brilliant opportunity to find out more about studying history at university level.

You’ll also hear University of Manchester staff in the History Department bring history to life and learn just some of the diverse and fascinating histories and viewpoints being researched at Manchester. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to visually express your thoughts and opinions on the day’s discussions in a DIY zine-making workshop with Factory International staff.

Please note, this event will also be live streamed and recorded.

About the event

This lecture is for Sixth Form students, althouhg the live stream will be open for anyone. It will be hosted as a hybrid event: we have a limited amount of places for Sixth Forms to attend the event in person at Aviva Studios, home of Factory International, and the event will also be livestreamed. 

Event schedule

  • 10:30 Arrival at Aviva Studios
  • 10:40 Welcome from Aviva Studios Team (also livestreamed)
  • 10:45 Welcome from the History Department (also livestreamed)
  • 11-11:40 Making History in the Age of Black Lives Matter, Professor David Olusoga (also livestreamed)
  • 11:40-12:10 Audience Q&A (also livestreamed)
  • 12:10-12:25 Meet David Olusoga

There is an optional zine making workshop, led by Factory International staff, running from 12:50-1:50pm. The workshop has limited capacity and you can apply for your group to attend this when booking.

How to book & contact

The in-person event is fully booked. 

Book the livestream only 

A recording of the event will be made available afterwards via the university's YouTube channel and website.  


Please direct any questions to sonja.bernhard(at)