1. Why are statues built?

Task A

Watch this cool video of a statue being built.

  1. What words come to mind when you watch this video?
  2. Why could artists spend so much time designing statues like the one in this video?

Task B

Watch the following video of a statue being unveiled in 2007. It is of Nelson Mandela – a famous and celebrated politician.

  1. From this video, do you think Mandela is thought of positively or negatively by most people? Why do you think that?
  2. Who was the statue of?
  3. Where and When was it built?
  4. Why was it built at that time and in that place?
  5. Challenge Question : Did you know that Nelson Mandela was not always thought of positively by powerful people in Britain. Why do you think that was?

Task C

Time do to your own research. Pick a statue that you’d like to find out more about. Find answers for the same three questions and create a poster to explain it to the rest of your family.

  1. Who was the statue of?
  2. Where and When was it built?
  3. Why was it built at that time and in that place?

Some statues you could find out more about:

  • Edward Colston’s Statue in Bristol
  • Robert Milligan’s Statue in London
  • Mary Seacole’s statue in London
  • Bussa’s Statue in Barbados
  • Kwame Nkrumah statue in Ghana
  • Nelson’s Column in London
  • Millicent Fawcett’s statue in London
  • Gandhi’s statue in London
  • National Firefighters Memorial

Challenge

Historian David Olusoga wrote the following:

The toppling of Edward Colston’s statue is not an attack on history. It is history

Q. What could he mean by this?

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