University consider removing statues

University consider removing statues
Goldsmiths University are considering removing statues of Sir Francis Drake and Lord Nelson from one of its buildings in New Cross.

Deptford Town Hall, acquired by the university in 1998, features four statues including 17th-century admiral Robert Blake and another anonymous naval figure.

A group of students, known as Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action, have demanded the statues be removed.

During a previous protest over the issue in 2019, the group occupied the town hall for 137 days.

Sir Francis Drake, best known for circumnavigating the globe, was an early slave trader thought to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of Africans.

Lord Nelson, one of Britain’s most famous seafaring heroes, was known to be opposed to the abolition of the slave trade.

Goldsmiths have now launched a public consultation asking local residents if they would like the statues removed from the building.

Respondents will be asked if they would like the statues retained, removed, or for historical context to be added.

You can have your say here.