An experimental participatory online walk hosted by walking artist Richard White. Use the zoom app to walk remotely or follow on desktop.
Richard describes his walks as (dis)enchantments, this is an invitation to participate in a conversation walking with heritage and amnesia, truth and reconciliation. This short walk offers a glimpse of a few of the individuals resident in Bath at the time the status of slavery was abolished in the British Empire. Georgian Bath was founded on the wealth generated by the trade in, and labour of, captured and enslaved people forcibly migrated from West Africa. We will view the fine architecture and enjoy the picturesque vistas this wealth commanded.
In the 1830s the UK Government paid out £20 million ‘compensation’ to the slave-owners, roughly £1.3 billion in today’s money; formerly enslaved people and their descendants have never received an apology or compensation. The archive record of the government payout forms a snapshot of Britain’s last legal slave-owners, it was the starting point for a cycle of walks Richard began in 2016. In the time of the virus and with respect to the Black Lives Matter movement this is an attempt to re-stage a walk as a live interactive stream. Online users are encouraged to walk with Richard using the Zoom app or participate from a desktop computer. The link will be circulated following registration.
More about Richard’s work here