The Bank of England has removed ten paintings and busts of seven governors and directors with known connections to the slave trade and hired a researcher on slavery for its museum.
Eight oil paintings and two busts were taken down from view after a year-long internal review.
Formerly on view at the Bank of England’s headquarters in London, The Bank of England have now removed portraits and busts depicted people including: James Bateman and Sir Gilbert Heathcote.
In total, eight oil paintings and two busts were taken down at the bank’s headquarters and adjacent museum in London. The move was the result of a year-long review commenced last summer, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests that erupted across Europe and North America
This was following the Black Lives Matter protests last year 2020, the bank
Founded in 1694 to act as banker to the government announced plans to review its art collection.
27th Aug 2021 a spokeswoman said: “The review is now complete and artworks depicting former governors and directors, where we have been able to establish links to the slave trade, have been removed from display.
A story done by ABC News in 1999 about slavery as told by people who were slaves. Recorded in the 1940's.
British merchants were major participants in the Atlantic slave trade. Then British people living within the British Isles, as well as in British colonies, might own African slaves. Ship-owners transported enslaved West Africans, as well as British natives, to the new world particularly to the Caribbean to be sold there. The ships brought commodities back to Britain then exported goods to Africa. Some entrepreneurs brought slaves to Britain where they were kept in bondage. After a long campaign for abolition led by Thomas Clarkson and in the house of commons by Willian Wilberforce, parliament prohibited dealing in slaves by passing the Slave Trade Act 1807
Britain’s place in the history of slavery has been as the country that abolished the international slave trade. Britain’s Slave Trade reveals the shameful truth behind this liberal facade, showing how the economic, social and cultural life of Britain would have been unrecognisable without slavery. Britain’s Slave Trade explains how a middling European power transformed itself into the ruler of the waves, tracing the impact this had on the British way of life and taking in the Industrial Revolution, the beginnings of Empire and the birth of modern racism along the way. Since slavery was abolished they has been unearthed and startling evidence showing how many families that think of them as ‘pure’ English stock are in fact descended from slave ancestors.
From approximately 1525 to 1866, 12.5 million Africans were forcibly transported across the Middle Passage to serve as slaves in the New World. Life aboard slave ships was agonizing and dangerous; nearly 2 million slaves would perish on their journey across the Atlantic. #HistoryChannel
Professor Alice Roberts comes to Bristol and examines the truth behind Britain's slave trade. Subscribe to Channel 4 Documentary: https://bit.ly/2IzNJyi Watch the FULL series on All 4: https://bit.ly/2q7Qema #BritainsMostHistoricTowns #Channel4Documentary #Channel4 #Documentary
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