Rank #1: The Walls of Jericho
Dec 13 2016
Rank #2: The Cat Man
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’.
‘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
Rank #3: The Museum podcast #3: The Story of Sutton Hoo
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
Rank #4: The Museum podcast episode #1: Buckets of the British Museum
This month presenters Hugo and Sushma chat with Ceri Ashley who is coordinating the brand new endangered material knowledge project, a project dedicated to preserving the more intangible aspects of human culture and with Nick Kendall one of the longest serving members of staff at the Museum who knows the buildings of the Museum inside out.
Francesca Hillier introduces the archives and tells us about a strange new find that has been presented to the archives.
Object of the Month is the Aylesford bucket presented by Julia Farley, curator of British and European Iron age collections
Apr 03 2019
Rank #5: The Museum podcast #2: Dirty dishes, poison and black goo…
In this month’s episode, scientist Kate Fulcher discusses her research into ancient Egyptian coffin residue – otherwise known as ‘black goo’ – and Leonora Baird-Smith talks poison, gold, and marzipan as she delves into the complex world of collections care.
Francesca Hillier produces some unexpected finds from the archives relating to Montague House (the original building that housed the British Museum collection) and, for Object of the month, Jamie Fraser explains why sometimes it’s really useful to NOT do the washing up.
May 01 2019