Off the Pedestal: The Fall of Edward Colston

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This paper considers the fall of the statue of Edward Colston in long historical perspective and reflects on the place of history, memory and ‘heritage’ within this. The statue has its own long history of protest and challenge, and this paper makes the case for telling the whole history around both its erection and rejection in Bristol.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139
Number of pages146
JournalPublic History Review
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2021

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Black Humanities


  • Statues
  • Edward Colston
  • Public History
  • Public Memory
  • Contested Histories
  • Culture Wars


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