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Britain needs a 'Museum of Colonialism' to display controversial statues from the nation's Imperialist past and highlight 'war criminals', leading historian says William Dalrymple a 'museum of colonialism' would highlight 'war criminals' Would include controversial commander-in-chief of India Sir Colin Campbell Oversaw cruel punishment on rebels - including firing them from a cannon  

By Jemma Carr For Mailonline

Published: 02:19 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 02:38 BST, 16 September 2020

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Britain should have a 'museum of colonialism' so it can learn about its controversial colonial history, leading historian William Dalrymple has claimed

Britain should have a 'museum of colonialism' so it can learn about its controversial colonial history, leading historian William Dalrymple has claimed

Britain should have a 'museum of colonialism' so it can learn about its controversial history, a leading historian has claimed.

William Dalrymple - an expert on Britain's colonial interests in India - said a museum would highlight 'war criminals' such as commander-in-chief of India Sir Colin Campbell.

The Field Marshal with a statue in Clydeside, Glasgow, oversaw cruel punishment on rebelling soldiers - including firing them from a cannon after forcing them to lick blood. 

Another such figure was the East India Company's General John Nicholson - who has a statue in Dungannon, Northern Ireland.

He admitted inflicting 'the most excruciating tortures' on captured Indians 'with a perfectly easy conscience' during a mutiny in 1857, The Times reports.

Reports also suggest he ordered a servant to be beaten to death because they did not grovel enough. 

Mr Dalrymple - an expert on Britain's colonial interests in India - said a museum would highlight 'war criminals' such as commander-in-chief of India Sir Colin Campbell (a statue in Glasgow, pictured)

Another such figure was the East India Company's General John Nicholson - who has a statue in Dungannon, Northern Ireland (pictured)

Mr Dalrymple - an expert on Britain's colonial interests in India - said a museum would highlight 'war criminals' such as commander-in-chief of India Sir Colin Campbell (a statue in Glasgow, left). Another such figure was the East India Company's General John Nicholson (right) - who has a statue in Dungannon, Northern Ireland 

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