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Phase 1: media

The way in which the media, whether television, film, radio, newspapers, literature and indeed historical works, shape and inform the public perception of the past is of especial significance for this project.

The bicentenary year of the 1807 Abolition Act has witnessed a vast amount of media output concerning issues of enslavement, abolition, slavery's legacy and issues pertinent to contemporary British society.

Comprehending how this media output forms and is formed through public expectation, how it in turn constructs public knowledge and perception, enables an assessment of the production, dissemination and consumption of forms of commemoration regarding 1807 in Britain. These results will then contribute to the large-scale visitor survey conducted by 1807 Commemorated, to understand the wider processes which have contributed to the remembrance of the abolition of the slave trade.

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