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The history of the British empire is a British story and a world story. For the last 400 years Britain has played a key role in the world - mainly because of its empire.

In this exhibition you are going to look at how and why the empire made Britain so important. We haven't tried to study all aspects of the empire, because it was so huge and lasted so long. Instead, we have provided some information and original sources that will give you an outline understanding of the empire.
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