I currently volunteer at the Holburne Museum in Bath – its a lovely place, with great people and fascinating exhibitions but ( and its a big one) it is the epitome of slavery funded Georgian architecture – it really is a moral bind.
The vast majority of Georgian architecture, and the people who could afford portraits by the likes of Gainsborough or Thomas Lawrence, were funded by or made their money in the slave trade or its associated areas – shipbuilding etc…
The foundations (literally) of many major cities is based solely on slave money but for many this just too contentious an issue for most people – even those in the museum sector – despite its central presence in english history.
Society has accepted its role in the race issue of the 20th century, the repeal of the illegality of homosexuality – then why not slavery – its abolition is commemorated but the full scale of its horrendous past is very rarely considered.
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