'A Forgotten Campaign'
11 November 2016 - 30 March 2017.
An exhibition on the Anglo-Egyptian Conquest of Darfur in World War I.
From the mid-seventeenth century, Darfur was an independent Muslim kingdom in what is now western Sudan, ruled by a hereditary line of Sultans. When the British invaded Sudan in 1898 they did not extend their conquest into Darfur. However by 1916 restless British officers and officials stationed in Sudan hungered to play their part in the Great War raging across Europe.
Ali Dinar, the Sultan of Darfur, was painted by officials as a dangerous jihadist and ally of the Ottomans and a force of 2000 men was sent into Darfur to remove him. Although the British were outnumbered, their military technology prevailed. This exhibition uses images from Durham University’s Sudan Archive to tell the story of the invasion and its aftermath, British occupation and the longer term impact on the region.
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