An English school renamed Colston Airbrush from history

The governor, one of Bristol’s most famous schools, chose to remove and rename the merchant and slave trader Edward Colston.

School of ColstonA private institution, founded over 300 years ago, is now known as a university.

according to Bristol City Council Museum Website Colston, a 17th-century merchant and philanthropist, benefited from the shares of the Royal African Company (RAC), whose members trade gold, ivory and enslaved Africans. He was also an active member of the RAC Governing Body for 11 years.

The governor of the £ 15,000 ($ 18,000) school, founded in 1710, announced that he would change its name in December 2021.

From the 17th to the 18th centuries, Bristol, a major port in western England, became one of the slave trade centers of the British Empire, although many were forgotten, Colston’s name was philanthropic. It survived because it became a home.

In addition to the famous statue of Colston, which was pulled down by Black Lives Matter demonstrators in June 2020 and thrown into the harbor, the city also had a popular music venue, the Colston Hall.

In September 2020, it was renamed Bristol Beacon three years after the famous Bristol band Massive Attack refused to play there until it was renamed.

The governor said the new name, Bristol College, is one of the hundreds proposed by students, parents, staff, and graduates and will be used in September.

Nick Baker, the school’s director, said: “It is important that school students continue to be taught about the history of the school, especially Edward Colston’s involvement in the Atlantic slave trade. To support this, some historical aspects of the school, such as the emblem and The slogan is retained and explained, not deleted. “

A survey of what to do with school names received 2,500 responses, and 81% of the general public who participated said they needed to retain Colston’s name.

In January, four people involved in the fall of the statue of Edward Colston (Miro Ponceford, 25, Jake Sukse, 36, Sage Willoughby, 21, and Ryan Graham, 29) confirmed the involvement of a jury trial. Nevertheless, he was acquitted by a jury trial.

The Court of Appeals was asked by Attorney General Sula Braverman to clarify the post-judgment law.

PAMedia contributed to this article.

Chris Summers


Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a particular interest in crime, police and law, covering stories from a wide range of countries.