This House Believes We Must Urgently Rewrite History (In-Person)

  • Event Start: 17th June 2021, 8:00pm
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From the toppling of Edward Colston, to the National Trust publishing their properties’ links to slavery, many have been accused of attempting to rewrite British history. Do challenges to current historical narratives denigrate British heritage and culture? Or do we need to rewrite our history books to include forgotten voices and unmask uncomfortable truths?

 

Proposition:

 

Sir Richard J Evans British historian of 19th and 20th Century Europe, focusing on Nazi Germany. He is a former Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge.

Rt Hon Lord Woolley of Woodford Political activist and founder of Operation Black Vote. He chaired the Race Disparity Unit Advisory Group until 2020.

Bonnie Greer OBE Playwright, novelist, and critic. She has served on the boards of the British Museum and the Royal Opera House.

Marika Sherwood Historian, researcher, and survivor of the Budapest ghetto. She co-founded the Black and Asian Studies Association.

 

Opposition:

Rt Hon Lord Taylor of Warwick Former tax barrister, and the third person of Afro-Caribbean heritage to enter the House of Lords

Ruth Dudley Edwards Irish revisionist historian and writer, and former Telegraph columnist

Patrick Vernon OBE Former MP for Hackney, social commentator, activist. He is an expert on UK African and Caribbean genealogy, and founded the ‘100 Great Black Britons’ campaign.

Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames Grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and former Conservative MP for Mid Sussex and Crawley.