Nottingham Sensory Studies Network

The Heavy Note: An audio installation

Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard
Saturday 24th June (12:00) - Sunday 9th July 2017 (16:00)
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The Heavy Note is a new audio art-work by Rebecca Lee developed through research collaboration at the University of Nottingham. It takes inspiration, information and material from the history of Brewhouse Yard in Nottingham. Situated in the caves at the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard, the work draws out and explores moments of intensity and rhythm by entwining four elements of the history of the site: the 17th century non-conformist Philadelphian group who met there, the ongoing presence and influence of water in the form of the river Leen, the 'cosmic ray' experiments that took place within the caves in the 1970s, and an individual, Lucy Towers, who was born there. The experimental piece explores 17th-century magical musical theory, water flows, cosmic data, and oral history to re-characterise the histories of the site and explore new possibilities for museum auralities and temporalities. 

Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee is an experimental musician, who works across installation, broadcast, performance and recordings. Most recently, she has made new work for Yelena Popova at Nottingham Contemporary, produced two commissions for Trust New Art at the National Trust and performed on a project and tour with musician Samuel Rodgers. She is an associate artist at Fermynwoods Contemporary art and is based at Primary. 


Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard
Castle Boulevard
Entry via gates next to the Trip to Jerusalem Pub
NG7 1FB 

Opening times: Saturday and Sunday 12pm-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
Price: £2.50 with entry to the museum (free for under 5s)

The Heavy Note: Preview

At this preview there will be a chance to visit the caves, hear the work, and talk with the artist and the research team. Drop in any time between 6pm and 8pm on Friday 23 June 2017.

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The Heavy Note was produced via a joint research project - 'Resounding in the Museum' - led by the Creative and Cultural Industries Research Priority Area and the Nottingham Sensory Studies Network at the University of Nottingham and the Museum of Nottingham Life.  

With thanks to the Paul Nix Collection and the Nottingham Hidden History Team, and Nottingham Local Studies Library.

Nottingham Sensory Studies Network

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5757