The Rev Kate Bottley discovers how Christian reformers founded the National Trust 125 years ago, and we reflect with Bristol mayor and Christian Marvin Rees on the city’s links to slavery.
With brand new music performances filmed under government guidelines in July 2020, the Rev Kate Bottley visits Coughton Court in Warwickshire to hear how the National Trust was founded by Christian social reformers 125 years ago. She also finds out about the site’s rich 600-year history as a family home that sheltered persecuted Catholics during the 16th century Reformation.
As many historic organisations, including the National Trust and the Church of England, examine their past links to slave traders, Gemma Hunt visits Bristol. She joins its Christian mayor Marvin Rees and Dr Madge Dresser of Bristol University to reflect on the city’s relationship with known slave trader Edward Colston. Also, award-winning young preacher Augustine Tanner-Ihm describes his journey from Chicago to the north east of England, and how an experience of rejection led him to preach about his own Christian faith in the context of diversity and inclusion.
The programme’s brand new music performances include vocal ensemble Voces8, singer Shaun Escoffery and male vocal quartet Tessera.