Really enjoyed Michael’s tour! It was an unexpected mixture of analysis of the black content of paintings (which is what we expected) and comments on the historical context in which they were set – and even observations on the origins of the buildings themselves. Overall, the tour served to illustrate quite vividly what we already knew: that Britain’s wealth was and remains underpinned by slavery and that our attitudes towards black people are deeply embedded if not always overt. The presentation was always amusing and scholarly and sometimes a little obscure (but none the worse for any of that!). So glad that we asked Michael to share his knowledge and perspectives.
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