What are Statues For? Walking Tour

Williamson, Milly. 2023. What are Statues For? Walking Tour. Being Human, London. [Other]

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I conducted this public engagement event funded by Being Human (SAS, AHRC, BA) to explore heritage and anti-racism in Deptford. The walking tour was filmed by project collaborator Dr Freddie Osborn.

This walking tour takes you on a journey through Lewisham that counterposes Lewisham’s rich history of struggles against racism with statues and symbols of empire. Lewisham abounds with naval symbols, from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, to the Anchor on Deptford High Street, to the statues of Sir Frances Drake, Horatio Nelson and Robert Blake on Deptford Town Hall. Less visible are the landmarks of resistance to racism.

This tour will explore the meanings of figures connected to the slave trade and colonisation and ask why they came to be commemorated, and will visit sites of Lewisham’s alternative history of resistance and struggles for freedom.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


9 November 2023

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13 Mar 2024 10:25

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13 Mar 2024 10:25



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