LGBTQ+ History month talk: Beckford Tower
AboutThe story of William Beckford, who created Beckford’s Tower in 1827, is a fascinating but challenging one.
Beckford’s wealth was generated by the transatlantic slave trade and his claiming in ownership of enslaved people. It and enabled his creativity, but also gave him power that he used to abuse the lives of others.
Beckford is also seen by many as a key figure in the queer history of the Georgian period in Britain. This talk will explore the complexities of Beckford’s story and how the team at Beckford’s Tower are trying to tell them at the museum when it reopens in spring this year.
Please be aware that some of the stories this talk explores cover distressing subjects including abuse, exploitation and enslavement. We have tried to tackle these sensitively but know they may trigger strong emotional responses
4 West 1.2
University of Bath, Claverton Down,