Community archaeology, identity and the excavation of Manchester’s Reno nightclub

Nevell, MD ORCID: and Brogan, L 2021, 'Community archaeology, identity and the excavation of Manchester’s Reno nightclub' , in: Music and heritage : new perspectives on place-making and sonic identity , Routledge, London and New York, pp. 150-159.

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Access Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Music and Heritage : New Perspectives on Place-making and Sonic Identity on 14th April 2021, available online:


This chapter looks at the experiences of excavating a twentieth century urban site with the community who created and used it. The format is deliberately not that of a traditional archaeology report or theory piece, but rather a dialogue between the community, archaeologists, and artist involved in planning, exploring, and interpreting this site. These different perspectives reflect the complexity of the twentieth century material under study and the potential for fresh approaches to understanding its role in and for a local community. The place in this case is a former nightclub in Moss Side, Manchester. The chapter describes its continuing significance for a particular heritage community, many of whom still live locally.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Maloney, L and Schofield, J
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780367741037 (paperback); 9780367359836 (hardback); 9780429343049 (ebook)
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Funders: National Heritage Lottery Fund
Depositing User: Dr Michael Nevell
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 08:51
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:54

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