We are in a dangerous position where debate and discussion of history is being shut down, with only one acceptable viewpoint and where historians who question it are ostracised.
The Plaque Check campaign is about challenging the notion of an official version of history and encouraging people to question what they read.
Here we are not fact-checking a new plaque 'contextualising' a historic statue, but it's still about challenging an official version of history that depicts Chilembwe as a hero.
This statue also epitomises the hypocrisy of those who are attacking historic statues for the most tenuous of reasons, while simultaneously erecting statues of dubious characters.
In June 2000, Guy's Hospital boarded up the statue of its founder. In August 2022, they added some wording, giving us a taste of the inevitable plaque to come.
They falsely claim that Guy made his money from slavery, offering no explanation or context about the South Sea Bubble. I was happy to correct this oversight.