The Great Debate – Bristol Heat 2019 27th November 2019
Last night twelve South West History Students from ten different schools and colleges took the stand to present their arguments on whether or not we should judge historical figures by the morals of today. Our contestants each spoke for five minutes and then faced five minutes of questions from our distinguished panel of judges Adam Vaitlingham QC, Professor Madge Dresser and Dr Evan Jones. The audience made of their parents and supporters listened as students from the Bristol area; Bristol Grammar School, Redland Green School, Redmaids High School, Badminton School, Clifton College and from further away Norton Hill School Radstock, New College Swindon, The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, from Bath Hayesfield School and Bath RHS all made their arguments. Naturally the name of Colston came up more than once but the students impressed us with range of their knowledge including arguments about Aristotle, Alan Turing, Churchill, Queen Elizabeth, Boudicca, and Neville Chamberlain. It was a difficult decision for our judges but there could be only one winner. In joint third place were Scarlett Carter (Badminton) and Darcey Gresham (Bath RHS); in second place our youngest contestant Callum Wooley (The Cotswold School) and in first place and going through to the national final at Windsor Castle Tobey Ahamed-Barke (RGS). But all our contestants Katie Stubbs, Grace Hillier, Jess Davis, Josh Anthony, Zac Fairbrother, Joshua Turner, Elise Preedy and Jack Goldsack deserve our congratulations with some fascinating arguments.