Dowden summons heritage leaders

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Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has called leaders of Heritage bodies to a meeting next week to discuss how they represent British history.

It is believed the National Trust, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the National Lottery Heritage Fund are among 25 organisations that will the “roundtable” meeting.

He and other ministers have voiced concerns about the influence of Black Lives Matter on decisions to remove statues of people associated with slavery, and communities secretary Robert Jenrick intends introduce new legislation to prevent local authorities removing statues and other community memorabilia. Last year Dowden criticised the National Trust for a research report which mentioned Winston Churchill’s association with the Bengal Famine in 1943 when up to 3m people are believed to have died.

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