National Trust members launch campaign against ‘woke agenda’

National Trust members have launched a campaign against the charity’s “one-sided” view of history following the publication of a controversial slavery report.

Restore Trust, which has 300 members, was set up following a backlash over the report detailing the links between a number of the National Trust's properties and slavery.

In an interim report published last year, the Trust detailed links between 93 of its properties and historic slavery and colonialism.

The move prompted a fierce backlash in some quarters, including from some MPs and peers, with the trust facing accusations of “wokeism” and jumping on the Black Lives Matter bandwagon.

a castle with a clock on the side of Powis Castle: Restore Trust bills itself as a group of “critical friends” of the National TrustPA © Provided by Evening Standard Restore Trust bills itself as a group of “critical friends” of the National TrustPA

Restore Trust bills itself as a group of "critical friends" of the National Trust, who wish to "restore the aesthetic experience of the NT’s properties" so that visitors can enjoy them without "intrusive interpretation”.

The group also say that they want to make all of the National Trust's visitors feel welcome without "demonising anyone's history or heritage".


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National Trust members launch campaign against ‘woke agenda’