The Royal United Services Institute and the High Commission of Canada in the UK are proud to present a discussion with Glenn Wright, Historian for the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP) and Clive Emsley, Emeritus Professor of History at the Open University. This event will be chaired by Gill Bennett OBE, Associate Fellow, RUSI and formerly Chief Historian, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In 1897, members of the North-West Mounted Police (now RCMP) participated in Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London. It was the first time that the Mounted Police had appeared outside Canada. With their red serge uniforms and Stetson hats, they made a lasting impression. Since then, the RCMP has been represented at the four coronations in the twentieth century and has escorted the Queen and members of her family on countless tours of Canada.
This discussion will provide a historical perspective on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the monarchy. It will also highlight similarities between the popular persona of the 'British Bobby' and the Mountie, and contrast the model of policing in the UK with the tradition of gendarmerie-style policing in Canada.
Glenn Wright is the Official Historian for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Prior to this, he was Historian at the Library and Archives of Canada (2000-2006); Staff Historian for the RCMP (1992-2000); Senior Research Officer at the Directorate of History and Heritage, National Defence (1991-1992) and Government Records Archivist at the National Archives of Canada (1975-1991). Glenn has also published a number of books, including Canadians at War, 1914-1919: A Research Guide to World War One Service Records (2010), Winning the Second Battle: Canadian Veterans and the Return to Civilian Life, 1915-1930 (co-authored, 1987) and The Caroline and Her Passengers (2002). He was also a contributing author to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, The Canadian Encyclopedia and the Oxford Companion to Canadian History. Glenn has a BA (Hons) and MA from the University of Toronto.
Clive Emsley is Emeritus Professor of History at the Open University. He has taught and held fellowships at universities in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. From 1984 to 1985, he was Associate Professor at the University of Paris VIII. His publications include The English Police: A Political and Social History (second edition, London, 1996); Gendarmes and the State in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Oxford, 1999); Crime, Police and Penal Policy: European Experiences 1750-1940 (Oxford, 2007) and The Great British Bobby: A History of British Policing from the 18th Century to the Present (London, 2009).
The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception from 1930 to 2030.
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