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 have now 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.
The survey is now open. To find out more and take part, click here.
Community consultation days
In early 2019 we will be hosting 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.
To find out more, please click here.
Colston Hall Discovery Day
Following our community consultation days we will be inviting the city to visit us on Saturday 16 March 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.
More details about the Discovery Day will be announced soon.
Following our consultation, we expect to be reporting back on our findings in autumn 2019.