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Duration 28:36

The Golden Stool: cataloguing Colonial Office records from 1900

In 1900, war broke out between the British and the Ashanti in the Gold Coast. The Colonial Office records from this year have recently been catalogued by volunteers at The National Archives. This talk, given by the volunteers themselves, shares some of their most interesting finds and experiences of the CO 96 series and the ‘War of the Golden Stool’.

The four volunteers – Mahesh Gami, Gina Murgatroyd, Becky Senghore and Rebekah Simpson – working on the Gold Coast 1900 project are students or recent students of history with an emphasis on African history. Their research in these records, which some have used for their own studies, has brought the project to life.