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The British Museum Podcast

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The British Museum is famous for its objects, which represent over 2 million years of human history and culture. The objects speak to us thanks to the experts who have helped to tell their stories for well over two centuries. This podcast takes a fresh look at some of the tales that have shaped the Museum’s story – both famous and less well known.

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The British Museum is famous for its objects, which represent over 2 million years of human history and culture. The objects speak to us thanks to the experts who have helped to tell their stories for well over two centuries. This podcast takes a fresh look at some of the tales that have shaped the Museum’s story – both famous and less well known.

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By kakax1970 - Dec 19 2019
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These are wonderfully entertaining and informative! I do hope this podcast will continue. From someone who may never make it over there, this podcast give me knowledge I would never have had! Thank you!

More please

By haciendasanpedro - Nov 21 2016
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Please keep the podcasts coming!

iTunes Ratings

62 Ratings
Average Ratings
51
5
4
1
1

Please do more!

By kakax1970 - Dec 19 2019
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These are wonderfully entertaining and informative! I do hope this podcast will continue. From someone who may never make it over there, this podcast give me knowledge I would never have had! Thank you!

More please

By haciendasanpedro - Nov 21 2016
Read more
Please keep the podcasts coming!
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The British Museum Podcast

Latest release on Oct 07, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: The Walls of Jericho

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The ideal scenario for any archaeologist? Finding something different. Something unexpected. Something that had never been found by anyone before.   But what if you made this discovery in the middle of the Jordan Valley, on the last day of excavations, with most of your equipment already packed up and only a handful of staff still on site?   This is exactly what happened to the archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon at Jericho in April 1953. One of her team, Peter Parr, had finished the final recording for the work done that year and pointed out that a stone protruding from the side of his trench was a skull. Concerned that it might be damaged through being left exposed, he and Kenyon decided to excavate. What they found continues to fascinate archaeologists – and the wider public – today.

Dec 13 2016

24mins

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Rank #2: The Cat Man

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At some point during the 1960s, there may have been as many as 100 cats living on the British Museum site. According to some newspapers they were bred to be super intelligent, according to some staff their breeding was out of control. This is the story of how the British Museum became a cat haven, and how they eventually came to be on the Museum payroll, thanks in large part to a British Museum cleaner affectionately referred to as the 'Cat Man’.

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‘Can’t Hug Every Cat’ - © The Gregory Brothers

‘Say Goodbye’ - © Adrianna Krikl

‘Marty Gots a Plan’, ‘Carpe Diem’, and ‘Simplex 48000 © Kevin MacLeod 

‘Close my mouth’ - © Silent Partner

‘Tech Toys' –  © Lee Rosevere

All tracks used and adapted under Attribution License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Apr 06 2017

25mins

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Rank #3: The Museum podcast #14: Venetian maps and Volunteers.

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This month Hugo, Sushma (pre-furlough) and Sian talk about how lockdown is affecting them and their work. Curator Sarah Vowles gives us some in-depth insight into a monumental map of Venice made over 500 years ago by Jacopo de’ Barbari (a zoomable image of which can be found on our revamped Collection online at britishmuseum.org/collection). Volunteer Mariu Huriaga talks about her experience of giving tours all around the Museum for over two decades.

May 07 2020

45mins

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Rank #4: The Museum Podcast Christmas special: 12 objects for Christmas

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From us to you, a very British Museum Christmas gift: we invited twelve colleagues across the Museum to tell us about their favourite objects and gathered their responses into a special Christmas compendium. Hear all about the objects that they find inspiring, and the stories behind them.

 Sushma Jansari – the Mathura lion capital (Room 33)

Elizabeth Morrison –the Folkton Drums (Room 51)

Sian Toogood –  Greek slingshot (Room 69)

Ros Winton – Ancient Egyptian model (Room 65)

Tess Sanders – the Assyrian Lion hunt reliefs (Room 10)

Lee Roberts – Painted Japanese screen (tigers crossing a river) (Room 92)

Nick Harris – Japanese hand grenade casings in (Room 94)

Francesca Hillier – Palmerston gold cups (Room 47)

Alfie Meek – the Alfie lions (Room 47)

Russ McKeown –  Portrait of late director Lord Wolfenden (not on display)

Richard Wakeman – the Vindolanda tablets (Room 50)

Hugo Chapman – Samuel Palmer watercolour (Prints and Drawings Study Room)

Dec 18 2019

38mins

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Rank #5: The Museum podcast special: Women of Troy

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Alexandra Villing, curator of the BP exhibition Troy: myth and reality talks with classicist Natalie Haynes about the wives, mothers, seers, queens, and goddesses at the heart of the Trojan myth.

The BP exhibition Troy: myth and reality is open until 8 March. To book your tickets visit: https://bit.ly/2Rj2Ula

Jan 22 2020

54mins

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Rank #6: The Museum Podcast #8: A is for Amazon, B is for blueprints, C is for communism

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Laura Osorio Sunnucks, head of the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research, joins Hugo and Sushma to talk about Amazonian objects. In the Money gallery, Tom Hockenhull introduces a communist poster from 1990, and Francesca and Sian are back in the archives to explore Museum blueprints.

Nov 06 2019

36mins

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Rank #7: The Museum podcast #10: Happy New Year!

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Hugo and Sushma kick off 2020 with an interview with the Museum’s director, Hartwig Fischer. In the archives, Francesca and Sian take a look at the history of the Hirayama Paper conservation studio.

Jan 01 2020

35mins

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Rank #8: The Museum podcast #3: The Story of Sutton Hoo

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June marks the 80th anniversary or the discovery and excavation of the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo, one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century.in this episode Hugo and Sushma discuss all things Sutton Hoo with Sue Brunning, including a look at some of the less blingy objects in the burial. Sushma also takes a tour of our free exhibition ' reimagining Captain Cook: Pacific perspectives' (open until 4th August) with the show's curator Julie Adams.

Henry Flynn talks about the Object of the month – a Dr Who banknote – and Francesca digs deep into the archives to find more stories from Sutton Hoo.

Jun 05 2019

55mins

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Rank #9: The Museum podcast #9 Season’s greetings from the British Museum

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, so Sushma and Sian (filling in for Hugo) are serving array of festive delights from the Museum. Sushma talks to Tim Clarke, Head of the Japanese Section as he looks back at almost four decades of work at the British Museum, while Sian and Francesca head back to the archives to check out Christmas cards from the 30s.

Dec 04 2019

51mins

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Rank #10: The Museum Podcast episode #12: WOMEN!

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In honour of Women’s History month Hugo and Sushma are exploring how women have interacted with the museum since its opening in 1759. In the archives, Sian and Francesca discuss some of the earliest female researchers and scholars, as well as a libel case relating to the much-slandered pioneering feminist Victoria Woodhull who ran for the American Presidency in 1872. Hugo chats with Alexandra (otherwise known as Sally) Fletcher about her archaeological career and its connection with pioneering archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon.

Mar 04 2020

51mins

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