Historic England publishes slave trade report amid new diversity agenda push

Historic England, the public body tasked with preserving England’s heritage, has carried out a BLM-inspired audit into slave trade ties that lists historic buildings and estates said to be linked to “money made in transatlantic slavery”.

The public body, which uses the slogan “championing England’s heritage”, has published a 165 page dossier filled with ammo for left-wing radicals who want to see England’s built environment transformed.

It makes explicit reference to the controversial and divisive Black Lives Matter movement, saying events associated with the far-left mob “serve as a potent reminder of how this history of exploiting human life for profit permeates many aspects of English history.”

It goes on to say that the lawless toppling of a statue of celebrated Bristol philanthropist Edward Colston – a Grade II protected monument under Historic England’s own National Heritage List for England – made “this discussion about how as a nation England memorialises its slaving past… more pertinent than ever.”

The research document was linked, by the Telegraph, to a November initiative that aims to diversity protected sites, with the paper claiming the dossier will “guide” the diversity push.

The academic exercise, which is a “a desk-based review of existing research into connections between the transatlantic slavery economy and England’s built environment”, does not call for radical changes to England’s built environment but will likely serve as fuel for those who do.

A report last month revealed how 69 monuments to historic figures had either already been trashed, or were in the firing line of woke local authorities.

The Historic England document was co-authored by Bristol academic Dr Madge Dresser, who has written on statue controversies in years past.

In 2016 she authored a piece for an architecture journal about the Cecil Rhodes controversy, in which she suggested that “the very questioning of the legacy of empire touched a raw and at times reactionary nerve, particularly among the older and whiter members of the British public, made skittish by mass migration, the power of social media and a changing global order.”

She went on to criticise the Chancellor of Oxford University, who condemned student activists, by claiming that he “seemed complacently dismissive of the profound sense of isolation and alienation felt by black and minority ethnic students who have daily to walk past such uncritical celebrations of white supremacy.”