The Colston statue display – culture wars or culture as peace maker?
Photo © Chris Bahn, Bristol City Council
After the toppling of the Colston statue in 2020 hear what Bristol Museums did with it next and what it's future holds.
The toppling of the Colston statue in Bristol in 2020 made international headlines and continues to do so, with the acquittal of the ‘Colston Four’ in early 2022. In the midst of this, the Bristol Museums team were charged with taking on the statue, liaising with the We are Bristol History Commission in order to create a display at M Shed to engage with Bristolians on the future of the statue and what it represents. This is the inside story of that process and will ask the question what happens next?
Ray Barnett , Head of Collections and Archives at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery/M Shed began his museum career as a natural history curator working in Coventry, Leicester and Ipswich Museums before joining Bristol. He became head of curation in 1996 and now is responsible for teams ranging from Buildings to Learning, Conservation to Documentation as well as Bristol Archives and the Create Centre.
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