7 Apr 2022

Is there really a ‘woke war’ at the National Trust?

What the Trust’s colonialism report revealed and what properties have done in response.

In 2020, the National Trust released a report that found 93 of its properties had links to colonialism and slavery.

The report did not tell properties to do anything like change names or tear down statues.

Yet the backlash was fierce, with the head of the Trust saying she received death threats.

In this episode, we look at what the report said, what properties have done in response, and we hear from the group that has led the campaign against the report’s findings.

This podcast has interviews with: Professor Corrinne Fowler, the co-editor of the report; Elizabeth Green, the National Trust’s lead curator for Wales; and Dr Cornelia van der Poll from the Restore Trust group.


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