History Walk - Edward Colston: Why is our city dominated by this man’s legacy?

Saturday, 14 October, 2017 -
11:30 to 13:30
St Mary Redcliffe, Phoenix Wharf, Redcliffe Way, Bristol BS1 6SR
Organised/hosted by: 
Bristol Radical History Group


Starting with St Mary Redcliffe church, this walk takes in other historic Diocese of Bristol churches in the city centre where ‘the life and work’ of Edward Colston is still provided religious legitimacy on an annual basis. Along the way we will share the most recent historical research regarding this man’s involvement with the transatlantic slave trade and discover how the Victorian elite created a ‘cult of Colston’ that is now said to form part of our city’s ‘identity’. At our final stop, Bristol Cathedral, we discuss how the institutions of the Church of England and the Merchant Venturers collide within the education of our children to promote Colston as a Parable of the Good Samaritan.

M Shed 11.30am (meet)
St Mary Redcliffe 11.45am (walk start)
Bristol Cathedral (walk end) approx. 1.30pm

How to book: 

Just turn up on the day - everyone welcome!

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