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WHAT IS DARK HERITAGE?


Dark Heritage is composed of two interlocking parts:


1. The DARK installation uses an innovative spatialised sound system to construct a 3D soundscape in which visitors inside the installation are encouraged to physically move around and explore a rich narrative, based on real events set aboard a slave ship in the middle passage.


2. Dark Heritage participatory drama workshops are six two-hour workshops that have been specially designed to use The DARK as a stimulus for engaging young people in an rich learning experience

 


 

 

Every workshop includes an experience of The DARK - a pitch-black space in which school groups explore a specially created three-dimensional audio environment filled with the echoes of a dramatic events aboard a slave ship in the mid-Atlantic in the late 18th Century. The story and the characters are based on careful historical research and include references to real events and real people. The resulting experience is a stimulating mixture of the exciting, the challenging and the scary. This is an encounter with history that dramatically illuminates a particularly harrowing aspect of the slave trade in a highly memorable but carefully managed way.

 

Thanks to funding that we have previously received from Culture Online, Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund between 2004 and 2007, we were able to create a package of bookable workshops that offer an immersive and dramatically powerful experience that has been specially designed for school children.

 

These six drama workshops (which you can see at -

were specially created in 2007 in partnership with teachers at Kingswood Primary School in Lambeth and professional script-writers, theatre directors and digital media producers. Participation in these workshops (averaging two hours a session) provides an antidote to the notion that slavery was something that happened to other people long ago in faraway places. Children become immersed in role-playing in which they continue the story of The DARK as participants in the narrative, exploring the question: "what would you have done in their situation?"

 

These six existing workshops form the foundation for the experiences that we will offer in Dark Heritage London. However, we are keen to expand and further develop the learning resources that we are offering and welcome partners who would be interested in collaborating with us to do that.

 


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Banner statement: A participatory learning experience designed to deepen young people’s understanding of slavery