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An interactive performance presented by Fast Familiar
November 10 @ 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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November 10
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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A Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin adapted into a musical instrument

Reading, UK. The local museum is contacted by a woman who has found a musical instrument made out of a biscuit tin in a box of things that belonged to her great-grandfather. The biscuit tin is from the famous Huntley & Palmers factory in Reading – so perhaps the museum might want it? Her great-grandfather came into possession of it in 1905, in Congo. During an expedition during the reign of King Leopold II of Belgium.

The case is referred to a citizen acquisition panel, convened to help the museum make decisions. As part of this panel, you will hear from people with opinions on the object, you’ll discuss with your fellow panel members – and ultimately decide what should happen. Placing you at the heart of the experience, The Acquisitions Panel is an interactive performance by critically-acclaimed immersive experience makers Fast Familiar, exploring the difficult decisions that museums face as they CARE for the material past. As we celebrate 200 years of local biscuit company Huntley & Palmers, this performance provides a unique opportunity to learn a different side to their extraordinary story.

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Content warning: this production contains descriptions of European colonial violence.

The Acquisitions Panel is supported by South Street and funded by Arts Council England.

Learn about The MERL’s focus for 2022
CARE: highlighting how we take care of rural heritage, the countryside’s future, and each other

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