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Thu 27 May 2021
18:30 - 20:00


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What periods and people of our history are memorialised and why?

Do new cultural values force a rethink on who is celebrated?

When previously lionised figures have fallen from grace, should we remove, replace or reinterpret their legacy?

Following a year of heated debate prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement, we invite experts from Bristol and beyond to reflect and respond on the wider issue of who and what we remember.

Join Tim Cole, Professor of Social History at the University of Bristol, Dr Tanja Schult Associate Professor of Culture & Aesthetics at Stockholm UniversityRoger Griffith of Ujima Radio and Bee Rowlatt chair of the Mary Wolstonecraft Society to explore monuments and memory in the public realm.


Tanja Schult is an Associate Professor at Stockholm University where she teaches Visual Studies. She is the author of A Hero’s Many Faces: Raoul Wallenberg in Contemporary Monuments (2009), and the editor (with Diana Popescu) of Revisiting Holocaust Representation in the Post-Witness Era (Palgrave 2015). Her latest research project Making the Past Present: Public Perceptions of Performative Holocaust Commemoration since the Year 2000 (with Popescu) was financed by the Swedish Research Council.

Tim Cole is Professor of History and Director of the Brigstow Institute at the University of Bristol, and chair of the We are Bristol History Commission set up in the wake of the toppling of the Colston Statue. His latest book – About Britain: A Journey of 1,345 Miles and Seventy Years – sees him retracing the routes from guidebooks published for the Festival of Britain to ask how Britain has changed in the last seventy years.

Roger Griffith MBE is a writer, producer, educator and social activist. He is a consultant and CEO of his company Creative Connex and lectures and works on special diversity projects for UWE Bristol, including working on the team that helped Channel 4 move to Bristol. Roger is a broadcaster and former CEO/Chair of Ujima Radio an award-winning community radio station. He has a passion for sharing cultural stories, global observations and insights on race, inclusivity and striving for social equality.

Bee Rowlatt is a writer and journalist. In Search of Mary (Alma) inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft, won the Society of Authors’ K Blundell Trust award. Bee chaired the Mary on the Green campaign to memorialise Mary Wollstonecraft and is a founding Trustee of the human rights education charity the Wollstonecraft Society. She has been on the judging panel for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year and The Poetry Society young writers’ challenge.


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