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Removal of Colston Hall Signage

Today Bristol Music Trust took down the Colston Hall lettering from outside of the building.

This is just one step on our road to announcing a new name for the venue in Autumn 2020.

We have taken this action as a symbolic moment and a public demonstration of the commitment we made three years ago to change our name.

The name Colston has been divisive for many years and we have personally experienced strong views from both sides since our declaration in 2017 that we would be changing. We have worked hard since then to understand the issues involved and consult widely to find a new name.

We believe we are here to share the unity and joy that music brings us. The hall was built 150 years after Colston’s death and not founded with any of his money. We cannot continue to be a monument to his memory.

We have no wish to forget the past, but when we re-open our redeveloped building as one of the best arts and educational venues in the country, it must be as a place that is welcoming to everyone.

There is more to be done before we can announce our new name, and many of the actions that will follow won’t be so public. But today marks a big step on our journey and we are excited and hopeful as we look to our future.

Find out more about our vision and renaming

To truly deliver on the promise of our once in a generation project to transform the hall, we must develop a new vision for the Hall. Read more about how we’re changing here.

View our consultation timeline from 2017 to present on the work we’ve been doing to change our name.

We’ve been asked lots of questions about our renaming, here are our answers to frequently asked questions.