Bath Christmas Slavery Disenchantment Walk

Greetings walkers!

I am writing to invite you on a third expedition through Bath enjoying the spectacle and if we can reminding ourselves of some other matters which may help us pay attention to the view but in a different way.

Sunday 6 December
10.00 outside 44AD Gallery 4 Abbey St, Bath BA1 1NN
returning around 16.00.

The Christmas Market will be full on, the sheds, the sheds and the tinklingtilltillbells. The plan is to walk out from this again along Pulteney Street where slave owners lived/stayed cheek by jowl with the likes of Wilberforce. Through Sydney Gardens and onto the canal heading east towards a picturesque view of the city.

We will cross the river and come back in to town along the London Road with a diversion to visit further slaveowners residencies on the east of the city.

As ever all contributions of information, ideas and thoughts are welcome via social media and in person!

I am still thinking about ‘modes of address’ on the doorstep bearing in mind that some of these properties are now subdivided and the owners and tenants may have views on how we memorialise a previous owner or tenant and I would welcome the opportunity to continue the conversation as we go. After this walk I want to write it up and see if I can get some funding to develop it properly as a city walk, let me know if you would be interested in helping.

So from January and through the rest of this year of Sunday walk outs, I would like you to invite you to join me on a continuing exploration of enchantment and disenchantment….looking for the old workhouses of Bath and north east Somerset rediscovering a story that might take us some of the way along an old pilgrimage route to Wells……and a walk down the River Avon following the story of the goods made locally, sent down the river and off to sea in the first leg of the Atlantic slave trade…….

Finally and especially for February I would like to invite you to join me and Lorna Brunstein in Germany for the final phase of the Honouring Esther project. Thursday and Friday 4 and 5 of February walking the route of the Nazi death march her mother survived, stopping at the same ‘stations’ as we did in Somerset making connections, generating resonances, reflecting on exile and belonging. More info here:

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Excuse the length, hope to see you Sunday next! Let me know txt or email if you are coming.

best wishes

Richard White
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