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Celebrating Hammersmith & Fulham’s heritage

Categoriesnews Community, Councillors and democracy

Image captionImage 1: Hammersmith Town Hall was lit up in purple in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement back in June 2020.

We’re taking pride in Hammersmith & Fulham and reviewing street and building names, plaques and any historical links with slavery and colonialism.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, has commissioned this review to seek recommendations on how the borough can best honour and represent inclusivity and diversity in our public realm.

The work will:

  • review the Hammersmith & Fulham Council coat of arms and make recommendations
  • review the public realm (street and building names, plaques, statues and other memorials, murals and street art)
  • document, educate and tell the history of colonialism and slavery linked to the borough
  • review existing policies governing the naming of streets and buildings, as well as the placement of monuments, art and other potential fixtures on the public realm to improve inclusivity and diversity.

The working group - chaired by H&F Deputy Leader, Cllr Sue Fennimore - will work at pace to consider historical records, archives and public perception, particularly considering the Black Lives Matter movement challenges.

Updates will be included on this site as and when reviews have been completed.