An Oxford-trained museum curator who tweeted a guide to chemical destruction of bronze statues was forced to delete the posts after receiving a severe warning from the police.
Madeline Odent, the privately trained curator of the Royston Museum in Hertfordshire, sent an inflammatory series of tweets to her 5,164 followers, which ended with an explicit suggestion to target the statue of Winston Churchill.
The tweets caused outrage in the sleepy community, and local officials told MailOnline that the American-born curator had acted "hideously" and "disgustingly".
Ms. Odent has been requested to be released, and Royston City Council is currently investigating the incident.
Today, the Hertfordshire police "gave strong advice" and asked them to delete the tweets that were still on their private Twitter accounts this afternoon.
Madeline Odent, the curator of the Royston Museum in Hertfordshire, received a police warning
Ms. Odent provoked outrage when she gave advice online about defacing statues
The Royston Museum in Hertfordshire remained closed and fenced today
Royston's former mayor, Vera Swallow [left], and local councilor, Margueritte Philips [right], both condemned Ms. Odent's actions
American-born Madeline Odent is curator of the Royston Museum in Hertfordshire
A police source said, "After reporting comments in a private Twitter account on how damage to statues can be done, we have now spoken to all parties concerned.
"Strong advice has been given on the content of the tweets and the use of social media, and the information has now been removed."
Vera Swallow, a former Mayor of Royston, said the incident had harmed the local community: “I am absolutely disgusted with it. It is hideous and has spoiled the area.
"You cannot destroy our story or demand that it be destroyed." I am as angry as many locals. The whole thing is appalling. "
A city councilor, Marguerite Phillips, said: “An investigation is ongoing and I am 100 percent confident that the city clerk will do her job thoroughly.
"I'm worried about what's going on in the world. People seem to be getting out of the lock without thinking rationally and acting very strange."
A high-level council source added: "This has caused a lot of trouble in Royston and the locals are asking us to fire them."
Ms. Odent has a privileged background in the United States. Your father, Dr. Stephen Briggs, a personality psychologist, is president of Berry College, a prosperous private liberal arts college in Georgia that has the largest college campus in the world. She moved to the UK in 2015.
In the posts, the American-born banker's wife used her knowledge of ancient artifact conservation to indicate that people use substances found in household products to dissolve public statues.
Ms. Odent published a series of tweets outlining how statues can be maximally damaged
One of a series of tweets that attracted thousands of stocks online
Ms. Ordent was unrepentant when members of the public complained about her messages
In February she planned the "Drag Queen Story Time", which had to be postponed
Ms. Odent was unrepentant online yesterday, mocking her critics and claiming her employers' support was at the Royston Museum
WHO IS MADELINE ODENT?
Madeline Odent, born Madeline Briggs
The glamorous curator Madeline Odent, whose maiden name was Madeline Briggs, comes from a wealthy family of American academics and is married to a banker.
The privately trained curator claims to speak English, Spanish and Welsh. In her social media profile, she says that she “brings an entrepreneurial mindset to the museum industry”.
Madeline was born in the United States and is known to her family as "Maddy". She has two sisters, Morgan and Meredith. Your father, Dr. Stephen Briggs, a personality psychologist, is president of Berry College, a private liberal arts college in Georgia. He and her mother, Brenda Morgan Briggs, are old college friends.
Ms. Ordent attended Darlington High School, a private co-educational boarding school in Georgia. The school is located on 500 hectares and is based on the English public school system.
After graduating, the Brand Curator attended Stetson University, a private college in Florida, where she became President of the Honorary Council and an avid rower. In 2013, she was named National Scholar Athlete by the Collegiate Coaches Rowing Association.
She graduated with a BA in History in 2014 before moving to the UK and receiving an MPhil in early modern British history at Oriel College in Oxford two years later.
She pursued her passion for rowing and often contributed to Oxford. In a slightly shocking incident, university officials sanctioned her, even though she claims she didn't do anything wrong.
After completing her studies, she returned to the United States and worked as a barista in a cafe in Georgia. She then got a job as a rowing assistant at Berry College, where her father is president.
Ms. Odent [right] and her banker Pascal [left]
In 2017 she married the well-known banker Pascal Odent. The couple held two lavish ceremonies, one in an English country house and one in the opulent setting of their father's college in Georgia, which is set in 26,400 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens.
The new woman, Odent, spent a year as a freelance researcher in London before starting in August 2018 as a curator and manager at the Royston Museum in Hertfordshire.
Since starting her role in Royston, Ms. Odent has included a radical agenda in the museum's planning, including a "Drag Queen Story Time" session. She has a penchant for corgis.
It is "extremely difficult" to remove the chemicals after application, she said, adding that "this is possible, but the chemical needed is very carcinogenic, which is rarely the case".
"We haven't found a way to restore artifacts that happen to this," she tweeted. "Which is a shame, since we all forget history immediately when statues are destroyed."
She then published a picture of Winston Churchill's blurred base, adding, "Be excited about our next issue, where we'll talk about marble monuments to racists."
The posts met with outrage online, and many users reported them to both the city council and the police. But Ms. Odent was defiant and ridiculed her critics.
In response to the public who contacted the museum on Twitter, she wrote: "a] My boss thinks I'm funny, b] she also supports BLM, and c] I'm the one who reads [your direct messages]."
In another act of provocation, the museum's official Twitter account, which Ms. Odent had suggested as a check, wrote: "We have just cleaned up our basement if a city has to remove a racist statue and put it somewhere."
Ms. Odent also claimed that she had negotiated a contract with her employer that allowed her to "decolonize and diversify" the museum and that her boss had given her a "safe platform" on which she would "run away" some racists & # 39 ;.
But her boss, the town clerk, Caroline Mills, is the one who leads the investigation, as MailOnline understands.
Mills Mills' office made a statement on the subject, saying, "The City Council does not endorse the comments or opinions expressed."
Excitement about Ms. Odent's tweets comes as protesters' demands for memorials across the country increase due to their ties to the slave trade and Britain's colonial past. On Sunday, a 17th-century statue of slave trader and philanthropist Edward Colson was demolished in Bristol and dropped into the dock, reflecting several incidents in America.
The glamorous curator, whose maiden name was Briggs, comes from a wealthy family of American academics and is married to a banker.
After graduating with an MPhil from Oxford University, Ms. Odent returned to the United States, where she worked for one year as a rowing assistant at Berry College, where her father is president.
In 2017 she married the banker Pascal Ordent in two elaborate ceremonies, one in an English country house and the second in her father's luxurious college in the USA.
Since taking office at the Royston Museum in 2018, Ms. Odent, who studied at a private university in Florida before moving to the UK to do a postgraduate degree in history in Oxford, has presented a radical agenda to the sleepy Hertfordshire establishment.
In February she planned an event for the “Drag Queen Story Time”, which wrote on Facebook: “If you are made familiar with differences positively, you will react positively to differences. I'm thrilled to put it on. & # 39; The event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is because several workers' councils have drawn up a list of controversial statues in their communities that could be torn down.
Dozens of monuments in honor of colonial figures have been removed by activists who yesterday removed another name from their nationwide hit list.
The 18th century slave trader Robert Milligan's monument was uprooted from its place on West India Quay in London's Docklands to the cheers of the audience.
Many more are expected to fall into the crosshairs after all 130 Labor party-led agencies have banded together to promise "to review the appropriateness of local monuments and statues on public and municipal property."
Several local guides have already provided some statues for removal. Cardiff's council president, Huw Thomas, threw his weight behind activists who wanted to get rid of the statue of the slave owner Sir Thomas Picton.
Edinburgh Council President Adam McVey said he would feel "no sense of loss" if a statue of Henry Dundas that delayed the abolition of slavery were removed.
The Plymouth Council said a public place named after the slave trader Sir John Hawkins would be renamed. Mayor or London Sadiq Khan also does his own review of the statues in the capital.
Ms. Odent was asked to comment.
Ms. Odent has presented a radical agenda to the sleepy Hertfordshire Museum, including a "Drag Queens Story Time".
Ms. Ordent married the banker Pascal Ordent in two elaborate ceremonies in Great Britain and America in 2017