A statement from the Trust

A statement from the Trust

Since George Floyd’s shocking death, the subsequent demonstrations and conversations have given us cause to reflect upon and listen to the shared experiences of the black community. As an organisation, we are fully aware that what we do and how we do it needs to reflect all of us and the city in which we live.

In that respect, we are committing to reviewing and expediting the changes needed, within every level of the Trust, to foster an organisation that is more representative of our city, which acts transparently, and supports our diverse communities. Our 2019 Vision document began this journey; we understand the need for change and the need for it to happen swiftly. 

Many will recognise the Trust as the organisation behind the city’s blue plaques scheme. These are physical representations of the city’s heritage. Last year we invited the people of Leeds to discuss our plaques critically at our ‘Plaques in the Dock’ event, recognising that how we understand and interpret some historical plaque recipients may have changed since they were erected. We are committing today to expanding and formalising this work, and in the first instance have commissioned a review of our plaques. This will include an analysis of the 180 plaques we have erected over the last 30 years. The review will also consider the plaque awarding process – from public nomination to erection. We are currently in the process of recruiting a chair for this urgent review.  

We understand how important it is to keep learning, keep aiming for better and to keep understanding the important role we play in this city’s historical legacy. We welcome further thoughts, reflections and conversations.

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