'Cambridge University has shuttered off a historic bell amid claims it 'most likely came from a slave plantation'.
The bell, which has now been removed from view, was gifted to St Catharine’s College in 1960 and placed in one of its accommodation blocks in 1994.
It comes as Cambridge University is to carry out a two-year inquiry into its links with the slave trade.
In a move branded 'bizarre' by equal rights campaigner Trevor Philips, a white professor who specialises in Roman archaeology has been chosen to oversee the study.
St Catharine’s College has set about investigating the bell's origins, according to an email sent to students on Monday, as reported by Varsity.
Professor Sir Mark Welland, master of the College, and Dr Miranda Griffin, the senior tutor, wrote that there is a 'significant possibility' that it was used on a slave plantation.
'While we make more detailed enquiries into the bell’s provenance, the decision has been taken to shutter the bell off to remove it from view, ' it read.
'Consultation is taking place across the college community about the appropriate and proportionate course of action in relation to the bell'.
A decision about the bell is expected to be reached by next weekend.
A spokesman for the College said: ‘As part of the ongoing reflection taking place about the links between universities and slavery, we are aware that a bell currently located at the College most likely came from a slave plantation.
‘A more detailed investigation is under way into the bell’s provenance as part of a wider project researching the College’s historical links to the slave trade.''
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