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, where we aim to:
In December 2018 we opened a public survey to gather feedback on how people engage with the Hall and ideas to help shape our future, including renaming.
We believe this is about more than a sign above the door. We believe that the new name should reflect a new vision for the Hall and its role in the city, and we need your help to build that vision.
The survey took around 10 minutes to complete and included questions relating to our developing vision for the new Hall as well as the renaming.
The survey closed on Friday 15 February 2019.