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Politicians should not ‘weaponise’ UK history, says colonialism researcher

Exclusive: Corinne Fowler, director of National Trust project, criticises threat to funding ahead of government round tableThe academic leading the Na

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Exclusive: Corinne Fowler, director of National Trust project, criticises threat to funding ahead of government round table

The academic leading the National Trust’s efforts to explore links between its properties and colonialism has warned of a “menacing” attempt to censor and politicise historical research.

Prof Corinne Fowler, the director of the Colonial Countryside project, said her work was “absolutely not political” and that politicians should not “weaponise history”, adding: “When you try to interfere with academic freedom in the name of free speech, you’re steering the country in a dangerous direction.”

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