Sir Tony Robinson has spoken out about the toppling of Bristol’s statue of slave trader Edward Colston, saying he “wouldn’t have chucked” it in the water.
The statue was removed and thrown into Bristol harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest this summer.
However, Blackadder and Time Team star Sir Tony told The Telegraph he would have tackled it differently.
“Personally I wouldn’t have chucked Colston’s statue in the dock,” he said. “But he was a slaver. He made a huge amount of money which went into the wonderful architecture of Bristol, including the house I lived in for 20 years.”
The star said that he would like to see the statue and the one that was erected afterwards (to Black Lives Matter activist Jen Reid) next to each other in a museum.
“That way they can themselves become part of our culture,” he said.
Sir Tony, 74 – who is known for his role as hapless Baldrick in Blackadder and as a presenter on Time Team - said that the debate around such objects should be welcomed.
He also noted that people’s understanding of history is moving quickly and that it makes sense to “rethink and reimagine”.
“We got to have these controversies,” he added.
The statue of Colston was toppled in June and in July a figure of Reid was put up in its place.
However, the Reid statue was erected on the plinth without permission and it was removed shortly afterwards.
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