Historic england

Taxpayers stump up £18,000 for slavery audit

It seems it’s a costly business putting together a historical report. In fact, it took two researchers and a grand total of £18,481 to compile Historic England’s slavery audit. The document — which lists any English pub, church or village hall that might have some connection to the transatlantic slave trade — reportedly caused much frustration among ministers for focusing on the ‘divisive parts of Britain’s history rather than celebrating our shared heritage’. Historic England spent the eye-watering sum paying a pair of academics to put together a list of existing research — that’s right, it’s a £18,481 catalogue of work that was already out there, in the public domain for all to find. Some research by the