Established in 2023, and based in the History Department at the University of Bristol, the Hong Kong History Centre is the world’s first research centre focusing on the study of Hong Kong history.
The Centre will build on the achievements of the 2015-22 Hong Kong History Project. Since its launch, Bristol’s Hong Kong History Project has supported seven doctoral research projects and four postdoctoral research fellows, as well as the publication of articles, book chapters, and books on a diverse range of topics relating to the city’s past. In its seven years of activity, the Project has built an international reputation for its leadership in facilitating the study of Hong Kong history, by investing in emerging talent in the field, as well as supporting conferences and workshops in Britain, Hong Kong, and Canada, and networking with colleagues internationally.
The Hong Kong History Centre will provide a structured programme of support for a fresh cohort of researchers. It will provide an open platform here at Bristol through which scholars internationally at all career stages can exchange views at workshops and conferences, and through speaker series and visiting programmes, share findings and develop the study of Hong Kong’s regional and global impacts, and the histories of its peoples, both within the territory, and across its global diaspora.
In particular, the Centre aims to sponsor research on the history of Hong Kong and its peoples, nurture and develop academic talent in the field, and serve as an international hub for the discipline, hosting visiting staff and students. Another core strand of our work is public engagement and outreach, with an interest to raise public awareness of the history of Hong Kong and its global relations. The Centre will also be launching a Hong Kong Historical Archives initiative, actively building a visual and textual archival collection, which will include an online public platform hosting photographic and other material relating to the history of the city.