A 150 year old concert hall in Bristol, Colston Hall is re-imagining its relationship with its audiences and city. Named after the slave trader Edward Colston, it holds a central space in the growing debate about how cities recognise and remember difficult or controversial histories and welcome diverse audiences.
In April 2017, Colston Hall announced it would be changing the name. Sarah explained hiw this opened up local and national debate and led to some very difficult questions. What is the Hall’s role as a civic and cultural institution in these changing times? Do they have a responsibility to help Bristol come to terms with its past? Are arts institutions bearing too much of this responsibility?