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Topic: Moving between different worlds
Moving between different worlds
People who move across the world can be desperate to escape persecution or determined to seek a better way of life. They take with them new ideas, industries and technologies as well as aspects of material culture in the form of objects and cuisines. What is the impact of this transfer of ideas and cultures on science? Is this exchange necessary for the growth and vigour of nations, or are we losing the nuances and particularities that give different cultures their distinctiveness and strength?
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Topic section: Imperial expansion – not a visit but a takeover
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One of the most enduring legacies of the British Empire was the spread of the English language across the world. In the twenty-first century, whether in IT or literature, the contributions of former colonies are in an now exciting the world.  > more

Topic section: The New Commonwealth: over here because you were over there
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In 2001 almost one in eight NHS hospital doctors had been trained in the Indian subcontinent. Restaurant cuisine and popular music have been transformed by migrants into Britain. However, as well as enriching migrant and host country alike, does globalisation challenge the special qualities of cultures?  > more

Topic section: Asylum seekers – entrepreneurs or scroungers?
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Past seekers of asylum in Britain have ranged from the seventeenth-century French Protestant ancestor, founder of the Courtaulds textile company, to such refugees as Sigmund Freud. However, today, thousands of applicants a year, the concept of asylum and its limitations continue to challenge.  > more
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