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Patrick Vernon joins Imperial War Museums expert voices to discuss how Britain should commemorate its history

When protesters in Bristol pulled down a prominent statue of slave trader Edward Colston as part of the Black Lives Matter protests against the killing of George Floyd, it prompted a nationwide debate. How should we memorialise controversial aspects of our past?

On Thursday 20 August, Imperial War Museums (IWM) will bring together expert voices and convene a reasoned, independent and evidence-based discussion on how Britain should commemorate its history. Forming part of the IWM Institute’s digital programme Hindsight in 2020, a monthly series of live talks that ask how we can responsibly use the past to better understand the present, this event will examine exactly how we reflect and memorialise, looking at everything from the roles and responsibilities of our education system to the collections we house in our museums.

Panellists include medieval and classical historian Tom Holland, social activist and cultural historian Patrick Vernon, and Meera Sabaratnam, Professor of International Relations at SOAS. The discussion will be chaired by Suzanne Raine, IWM Trustee and former Director of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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