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History Now: Statue Wars (1) Vandalism or Vindication, and what to do with the empty plinth?

13 September 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EST




(Photo credit:  Sofie Wainwright, ABC Regional)

History Now:  Statue Wars (1) – Vandalism or Vindication and what to do with the empty plinth?

Hosted by the Australian Centre for Public History at UTS

HC Executive Councillor, Dr Kiera Lindsey, chairs a session with speakers Nathan ‘Mudyi’ Sentence (Australian Museum), Jess Moody, Lecturer in Public History (University of Bristol) and Claire Baxter (International Tourism) British historian, Christer Petley, has written extensively about the British slave trade and recently argued for the removal of certain statues, such as that of Slave Trader, Edward Colston, who after 20 years of peaceful requests for removal, was finally yanked from his plinth and dragged into sea during a Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol.

As Petley notes, ‘that statue was made in the 19th century and says more about what they valued then, than what matters to us now … We need to ask — do these serve the public good and do they constitute ‘good history?’ In this session we consider the role of historians, communities and the public when it comes to revitalising the past through protests and monuments. And, by reflecting upon what constitutes ‘good history’, we also explore how historians can better collaborate with communities and the public to create ‘good history’ together.

This prerecorded ‘History Now’ event was staged by the HCNSW in collaboration with UTS on 20 July 2020.


Dr Kiera Lindsey (Photo Credit:  Brian J Marshall)

Sunday, 13 September 2020, 5.30pm

Free event. No registration required.

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13 September 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm EST
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