David Olusoga

Friday 10th June

Speaker: David Olusoga

Professor David Olusoga will explore an inclusive approach to the hotly debated topic of the Statue Wars

 

On Sunday 7th June 2020, sparked by the horrific murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protestors marching to support the Black Lives Matter movement in Bristol tore down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston and threw it in the city’s harbour. This dramatic action thrust the city onto the global stage and put it at the forefront of an ongoing and bitter culture war.

David Olusoga OBE is a historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter and film-maker from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, now based in Bristol. His recent work includes the multi-series A House Through Time, Our NHS: A Hidden History, and the BAFTA award-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.

He is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester and recently appeared as an expert witness for the defence in the trail of the ‘Colston four’, taken to court (and acquitted) for their role the removal of the Colson statue. In this talk he will explore how the commemoration of individuals from our historical past remains a matter of continued and highly contested importance. Why do statues matter? And what should we do with them today? This event is part of the ongoing Histories Stories & Voices project that explores how the city’s historical and current day diversity is reflected in the city’s public realm.

Professor David Olusoga

One of the UK’s foremost and respected historians — ranked amongst the most influential Black Britons of our time — David Olusoga is Professor of Public History at Manchester University and a BAFTA award-winning documentary maker, broadcaster and writer.

A regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine, his books include Black and British, which won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize and the Longman-History Today Trustees Award, The Kaiser’s Holocaust and The World’s War. He was also a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Black British History.

One of the UK’s foremost and respected historians — ranked amongst the most influential Black Britons of our time — David Olusoga is Professor of Public History at Manchester University and a BAFTA award-winning documentary maker, broadcaster and writer.

A regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine, his books include Black and British, which won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize and the Longman-History Today Trustees Award, The Kaiser’s Holocaust and The World’s War. He was also a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Black British History.

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