Public Activities

In the UK, Linda Colley has served on the Board of the British Library (1999-2003) and the Council of Tate Gallery of British Art (1999-2003), and has been a member of the Research Committee of the British Museum since 2012. In 2008, Linda Colley guest-curated an exhibition Taking Liberties of British and Irish constitutional and rights texts at the British Library in London. This lasted from October 2008 to March 2009 and attracted 100,000 visitors.  In the US, Linda Colley has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Yale Center of British Art (1987-1997) and a Board member and Trustee of Princeton University Press. Linda features occasionally on television and radio programmes on history, cultural events and politics in the UK, US, India, New Zealand and elsewhere: most recently, writing and delivering 15 talks on BBC Radio 4 in January 2014 Acts of Union and Disunion to offer interested members of the public some deeper historical background on the formation of the United Kingdom, the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence and the possible future referendum on British withdrawal from the European Union.   Linda Colley is regularly invited to supply historical background and context to policy-makers and administrators in London, Brussels and Washington, on issues to do with the UK, nationalism, identity and constitutionalism.