It comes as challenges to memorials of figures such as imperialist Cecil Rhodes
and slave-trader Edward Colston, and the absence of representations of women and ethnic minorities in English cities puts the subject under the spotlight.
Even at the height of the Victorian empire, some figures who are now held up by empire nostalgics as inviolable national icons, most notably Cecil Rhodes
, were criticised by their compatriots as acting more in their own than in the national interest.
Over the past few decades, I've heard many people express unhappiness that children are not being taught about Owain Glyndwr, but are hearing about Cecil Rhodes
And two years ago, protesters at the University of Oxford demanded the removal of a sculpture of Cecil Rhodes
from Oriel College, where the old imperialist had once been a student, because his views on race and empire are now considered to be obnoxious.
said that to be born an Englishman was to win life's lottery.
Created in 1902 by British philanthropist the Will of Cecil Rhodes
, the first class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.
CHRIS TARRANT: EXTREME RAILWAYS Channel 5, 9pm Chris travels 1,500 miles in a journey from Cape Town in South Africa to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, following a hugely ambitious railway pioneered by 19th-century British colonial politician and businessman Cecil Rhodes
However, Cecil Rhodes
and the British imperialists dreamed of a British Africa stretching from the Cape to Egypt.
This historic civil engineering landmark was part of Cecil Rhodes
unfulfilled vision to connect Africa with a railroad from Cape Town to Cairo.
Taft, Cecil Rhodes
, and Boy Scout founder Robert Baden-Powell.
The Rhodes Must Fall movement is taking particular aim at the college' s statue of Cecil Rhodes
, the 19th century imperialist who many say helped pave the way for apartheid in South Africa.
The brainchild of Cecil Rhodes
, Victoria Falls Bridge crosses the Zambezi River.