We are proud of our young participants of our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) who chose to use their voices to bring about change on a number of issues that effect them and the wider community.
In this instance our YAB has chosen to write a letter to the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the Home, to outline our frustrations at the refusal to remove the statue of slave trader Robert Geffrye. Our YAB were alerted after noting public consultation carried out by the museum demonstrated 70% of its respondents wanted the statue removed. The YAB believe no name change can avoid or cover up the actions of this slave trader and NO museum should be forced by its investors to go against the view of the local community. Our young believe the showcasing of the statue makes the museum complicit in the wrong and hugely contentious actions of Robert Geofrye and goes against the rich diversity of Hoxton.
There is a meeting date now set to take these concerns directly to the museums senior management and we look forward to learning more about how the reversal of the views of the community can be justified in these times.
Watch this space for more…