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Re-naming Colston Hall...but to what?

Colston Hall was built 146 years after Edward Colston died Photo: ITV West Country

People are being asked their opinions on what Colston Hall should be named, as part of a survey to help shape the future of the building.

It's part of a £48.8 million transformation of the hall which began in June.

In two years the venue will reopen under a new name after Bristol Music Trust announced it needed to be changed to end the perceived association with slave-trader Edward Colston.

It's hoped the new name will focus on the building's role as a music venue.

We want to look to the future and ensure the whole city is proud of its transformed Hall. The name Colston, and its associations with the slave trade, does not reflect our values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation. We want everyone to feel like they can come to the Hall and enjoy amazing music.

– Bristol Music Trust