In April 2017 we announced our decision to reopen Colston Hall under a new name following our two-year, £48.8 million redevelopment.
For many years the Hall has been the lightning rod for a debate on the legacy of the slave-trader and philanthropist Edward Colston. Built 146 years after his death, Edward Colston was not a benefactor to the Hall and there is no material connection with the man or his wealth, and when we reopen it will be with a name that reflects our values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation.
This decision is part of fulfilling our ambition to develop a new vision for the Hall.
We want to be completely transparent about the process we’re undertaking in order to develop our vision for the transformed Hall, including what it is called.
Here, we set out our consultation timeline.
We opened a survey to the public, to further gauge how people across the city currently engage with the Hall, gather input on our developing vision and feedback on the re-naming. We had around 1,500 responses.
The survey closed in February 2019.
Community consultation days
In early 2019 we hosted consultation days in a number of venues across the city to give people the opportunity to meet with us in person and give feedback on our developing vision and the re-naming.
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Colston Hall Discovery Days
Following our community consultation days we invited the city to visit us on Saturday 16 March and Friday 11 October to find out more about all aspects of the transformation, including the physical changes to the building which will make it a world-class venue as well as progress on our new vision and renaming.
Following our consultation, we will be building a report on what we have found out. We will announce the release of that report early in spring 2020.
*The publication of this report has been delayed due to the impacts of COVID-19.*
We’ll be going back into communities and hosting open sessions to share our process and the findings of our report in March/April 2020 and get further thoughts on what we have found and next steps.
*We have been unable to visit communities to host these sessions due to the impacts of COVID-19*
Development of new name and vision
Throughout this reporting and further consultation phase we will be developing ideas for a new name and vision for the transformed organisation.
Announcement of new name
TBA in 2020