Facing up to Bath's uncomfortable history

Posted in: Local and civic engagement

Researchers and students from the University of Bath have been working with local groups to reflect on the legacy of slavery in the city.

Join an event on this subject on 25 March 2021 - click here to find out more! 

Electrified by the Black Lives Matter movement and the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol in the summer of 2020, various actors have sought to decolonise and reframe the way history is taught, narratives are shaped and the “uncomfortable past” is remembered.

During the 2020/21 lockdown a group of students and staff from the University of Bath immersed themselves in exploring new, inclusive and ethical ways of engaging with the past of our UNESCO World Heritage city, through creativity and the bodily experience of walking.

The group have developed a walking tour entitled “Walk Bath’s Uncomfortable Past” and are now looking for communities of walkers to test it out and share their thoughts about it.

To support them in the launch of this new walking tour, the group is inviting Bath-based and remote audiences to attend an online workshop on 25 March 2021 from 6pm - 7:30pm which aims to introduce the new walk and engage participants in a creative reflection about the legacies of transatlantic slavery.

The event will be facilitated by Dr Christina Horvath and Benjamin van Praag and organised by students involved in a 'Vertically Integrated Project' on Co-Creation. The event will consist of three activities:

1) A presentation of the walk by the team

2) A discussion with a panel of Bath-based stakeholders and heritage experts from across Britain and beyond

3) A hands-on creative workshop in which participants will be encouraged to collage, draw, paint and juxtapose contemporary and colonial images to create an art piece that can be used to memorialize this past including a monument acknowledging the history of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in Bath.

Find out more about the event and sign up to attend. This promises to be a fantastic opportunity to learn about the less-discussed parts of our city's history, and to explore areas of the city that we might otherwise overlook.

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