Shaftesbury Anti-Slavery Campaigner Recognised With Blue Plaque

John Rutter, the 19th-century Shaftesbury reformer who opposed slavery, was honoured with a blue plaque yesterday.

Several delighted family members attended Saturday’s function. In our report, we speak with his descendants, Ben Rutter and Simon Rutter.

The Rutter family at the unveiling

Dorset’s Lord Lieutenant Angus Campbell unveiled the commemorative plaque at The Commons on the side of HSBC, where John Rutter once operated his printing press.

Sir John Stuttard has published a book about Rutter, whom he described as ‘the turbulent quaker’. Sir John has driven this project to remember Rutter’s contribution to British and local life, as you’ll hear from our report.