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Date created: 8/18/2020

Like many areas of the country, the City of London has a number of statues and other landmarks which have links to the slave trade and historic racism.

In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement, organisations across the UK are reviewing the cultural legacy of slavery and deciding how this issue should be addressed.

The City of London Corporation is committed to equality, inclusivity and diversity, and to ensuring the City, and City Corporation sites managed outside the Square Mile, are places where people of all ethnicities and backgrounds feel safe and welcome.

In June 2020, the City Corporation set up the Tackling Racism Taskforce to consider what the organisation should do to tackle racism in all its forms.

What we’re asking you to comment on

We’re asking stakeholders including City residents, workers, students and visitors and the general public for their views on:

  • Whether you think statues, building and street names and other landmarks with links to slavery, and historic racism in the City of London - or on City Corporation sites managed outside the Square Mile - are a problem
  • Which statues and other landmarks in particular you think are a problem
  • What action you would like to see taken – for example leaving statues and landmarks in situ, reinterpreting them visually in some way, or moving them

We’re also asking other stakeholders including City cultural and business institutions and political and other London and national bodies for their views and will be in dialogue with the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm.

What happens next

Your views, along with those of City cultural institutions and political and other bodies across London, will be taken into account when the Tackling Racism Taskforce makes recommendations to the City Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee for a final decision.

How to take part

Email us your views

Remember this consultative exercise is only about landmarks within the City of London and on City of London Corporation-managed sites outside the Square Mile so please bear this in mind when submitting your comments.

See our Corporate Plan for a list of our spaces and holdings that are inside and outside the Square Mile.

Alternatively, you can post your views on this issue to:

Tackling Racism Taskforce
City of London
Guildhall, PO Box 270
London EC2P 2EJ

The closing date for this exercise is 24 November.