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Exlporing African Medicine

October 8, 2014

Exploring African Medicine

Exploring African Medicine is an installation in the museums reception looking at stories, memories and materials relating to African healing. Using the museum’s collection and some contemporary medicine found here in Manchester, it explores well-being, past and present.

Through events and interviews, participants from Manchester’s African communities have been rediscovering medicinal objects and substances from across West Africa. These materials were collected between the 19th and 21st century – they represent healing cultures of recognised importance for physical and spiritual well-being in the past. Similar practices, beliefs and plant species continue to be an integral aspect of African care-giving today.

Community members worked with curators to explore stories and memories inspired by the collections . Their thoughts and ideas shape the themes in this display.

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