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Performance, Learning & Heritage

Site 4 : Manchester Museum

Date of commissioning and of research: June 2006 - February 2008

Site: major regional museum, part of the University of Manchester and dedicated to research and innovation alongside its regional role

Preferred performance mode: a specifically commissioned, experimental performance piece.

Case study 4 at the Manchester Museum (MM) represented a significant point in the Performance, Learning and 'Heritage' research project's timeline. As the last of the detailed case studies, this was an opportunity to both test and build upon findings from previous sites/audiences, and the last prolonged period of access to known audience members. We commissioned a performance, This Accursed Thing , to link into and expand the Museum's 'Revealing Histories: Remembering Slavery' programme