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Talk: Lunchtime Family Talk: Archaeology in Performance

18 February 2015, 1.05pm
Cost Free
Suitability Families
Booking Places limited, book at the Information Desk on arrival

It has been famously said that all stories set in the past tell us more about the period when they were written than they do about the period in which they're set. Can anything be done about this? Should it be?

The National Museum's archaeologists have recently commissioned two operas. One explored the rise and fall of the island palace of the Kings of Brycheiniog, and the other was called The Archaeologist's Wife. This told the story of Tessa Wheeler, one of the
first women archaeologists, who excavated the Roman amphitheatre at Caerleon. The link between mud-soiled archaeologists trowelling up shards of pottery and exquisitely voiced opera singers delivering highly stylised drama isn't an immediately obvious one, but Peter Morgan Barnes shows how well they combine. Indeed archaeological discoveries are also being shared with wider audiences through the medium of theatre, film and drama of all sorts.

In an entertaining talk for all the family, accompanied by slides and musical snippets, Morgan Barnes demonstrates the new relationship between archaeology and performance and how it benefits both.


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