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National Trust members launch rebellion against its ‘woke agenda' – ‘Stop lecturing us!’

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Last September the National Trust released a report into the links between 93 of its properties and historic colonialism and slavery. These included Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s former home, due to his time as Secretary of State for the Colonies.

The Restore Trust, which claims 300 supporters, argues a “political agenda has come to dominate” the National Trust’s work.

It is demanding the charity stop “lecturing” and “patronising” its members and insists they “understand that history is complicated”.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, one Restore Trust supporter said the group aimed to restore “the Trust’s original apolitical ethos” and “make all visitors feel welcome and included without demonising anyone’s history or heritage”.

Another wrote: “The Trust has spent a lot of time trying to address the issues of its demographic, to try to broaden its appeal and be more inclusive.

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“Britain has a chequered past and that’s how all pasts were” (Image: GETTY)

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The Restore Trust claims “a political agenda has come to dominate” the National Trust (Image: GETTY)

“Britain has a chequered past and that’s how all pasts were.

“We can both celebrate it and deplore it without needing to destroy it or hide it.”

They added “the grand assumption that the grey generation is ignorant of slavery, doesn’t care about prejudice and only views the British Empire through rose-tinted spectacles” is “not necessarily historically accurate”.

The National Trust sparked a fierce backlash with its September report into imperialism with some making complaints to the Charities Commission.

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Sir Winston Churchill pictured at Chartwell (Image: GETTY)

Nigel Farage, the former Brexit Party leader, said he was “increasingly appalled” by the “woke route” taken by the Trust.

Professor Simon Heffer, a prominent historian, quit the National Trust in protest at the report.

Speaking to MailOnline he accused the charity of showing “breath-taking ignorance” and claimed its inquiry was “one-sided in its conclusions”.

Other properties listed on the National Trust report include Bateman’s, the former home of Rudyard Kipling.

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A Black Lives Matter protest in London last summer (Image: GETTY)

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There has been renewed focus on Britain’s colonial history (Image: GETTY)

It explains this was because “the British Empire was a central theme and context” of the poet’s output.

Allan Bank, which was owned by anti-slavery campaigner William Wordsworth, is included because of his brother’s role in the East India Company.

A spokesperson for the National Trust confirmed they are aware of the new group and are ready to engage with it.

They commented: “We listen to concerns and criticism and are in regular contact with supporter groups and are always interested in hearing constructive feedback.

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“We are aware of this website but have not been approached by those who set it up.

“It is difficult to engage with anonymous online groups or individuals, but we always try to answer our critics.

“We have responded at length to the subjects raised on the website through day to day engagement, the media, social media, our website and through our member communications.”

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The statue of Churchill in Parliament Square was vandalised last summer (Image: GETTY)

Huge Black Lives Matter protests broke out around the world last summer following the death of George Floyd during an altercation with police in Minnesota.

In the UK this resulted in increased focus on the nation’s colonial history and associated monuments.

A statue of Edward Colston, a merchant and slave trader, was pulled down in Bristol whilst Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square was targeted with graffiti.



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