Contested heritage: statues and public memorialisation
Working from a personal perspective, Anna’s podcast opens up some of the complexities around the statues and public memorialisation debate in Britain. Protests following the tragic death of George Floyd, an African-American who was killed under US police custody, created a wave of global protests steered by the Black Lives Matter movement. In the UK this re-sparked and triggered local, regional and national protests. The podcast focuses on the toppling of slave trader Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol, and the contested heritage in Plymouth, UK, with the renaming of Sir John Hawkins Square, the first English slave trader.