Black History Month: Legacy of the Slave Trade Report

In June this year, the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled in Bristol and plunged into the city’s harbourside. In December, four people were charged with criminal damage for their role in the event.

Our polling for Black History Month shows how split public opinion is on what should happen to statues with links to the slave trade in UK cities. Just over one in three Brits (35%) supported the removal of the Colston statue, almost doubling to 68% of black respondents, while 31% opposed its removal, and a further 34% could not decide on an answer.

Our research asks what should be done with these controversial statues and explores what sentiments the public are attaching to these historical figures.

Read the full report here: