National Trust faces "questions about its purpose" by the charity regulator after it was accused of giving "virtues" by insisting that volunteers wear LGBT badges to tweet its historical ties to slavery
- Trust sparked an awake series after details of buildings' links to slavery were tweeted
- Dozens vowed to resign because the charity "signals virtue".
- The supervisory authority is now checking whether the trust has violated its charitable objects
The Charity Regulator has warned the National Trust that it may be subject to investigation because of its "purpose", claiming it is too far removed from its job of preserving historic buildings and treasures.
The Trust sparked an uproar earlier this year after it tweeted details about artifacts and buildings' links to slavery – dozens vowed to resign over "virtue marks".
Previously, it had forced its volunteers to wear both gay pride badges and rainbow lanyards to support LGBT causes.
Twitter users have beaten the UK-based charity for "lecturing," "emotional blackmail," and "jumping on the train" as some claimed the tweets ruined any enjoyment they once had from visiting their estates.
Winston Churchill's former home, Chartwell, Kent, was one of the Trust's properties listed in its Mea Culpa of previous links to colonialism and slavery – a move that Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden described as disappointing.
Winston Churchill's former home, Chartwell, Kent, was one of the Trust's properties listed in its Mea Culpa of previous links to colonialism and slavery
Now the charity commission is examining whether the trust has violated its charitable objects. Chairman Baroness Stowell of Beeston (pictured) tells the Telegraph that it is right to ask questions and claims it is “important” that he not lose sight of 'what its 5.6 million members expected
The National Trust will retain the majority of the "agonizing" artifacts related to slavery
The National Trust has decided to put exhibits in its slavery-related country houses to stimulate debate.
The announcement comes as the heritage conservation charity said it was in the process of releasing a report that took over a year to produce that shows that nearly a third of mansions are linked to slavery, reports the times.
On September 21, the Trust plans to post the report on its website, highlighting the sometimes brutal origins or wealth of some of the country's mansions and castles.
Many of the original owners of the houses built the lots with the proceeds from sugar plantations in the West Indies and elsewhere in the Empire.
The Times reported that the Trust surveyed nearly 300 homes for the report.
"Some of this is difficult," Tarnya Cooper, who helped link the properties' past, told the Times.
"Some of the objects are really disturbing because they are from a time when slavery was part of this country and we are such a different society now."
Back in 2017, volunteers accused the charity of trampling on their rights by wearing gay pride badges to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality.
And more recently, bosses have come under fire after they announced they would cut nearly 1,300 jobs while battling the effects of Covid.
Now the charity commission is examining whether the trust has violated its charitable objects. Chairman Baroness Stowell of Beeston told the Telegraph it was right to ask questions, claiming it was "important" that he not "lose sight" of what its 5.6 million members are expected to do.
Complaints from members of the public about the controversial review of the property-slavery link sparked a regulatory approach and a formal investigation could follow in the coming weeks.
Lady Stowell said, “The National Trust has a very clear, simple purpose, which is to preserve some of our great historical places and places of great beauty and national treasure.
“What people expect from the National Trust is that they focus on that purpose, they don't lose sight of that. And when they do things that somehow seem to some of their supporters, some of the people they rely on … don't be surprised if this leads to question and criticism. & # 39;
Commission officials first contacted the charity two weeks ago after first filing complaints.
While no legal investigation is likely, the panel has various powers to take action against the Trust, including ordering not to commission similar reports or to issue an official warning.
A spokesman for the charity told the Telegraph that he always answered questions from the commission with "full transparency" and that he was not aware of any formal actions.
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