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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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41 Ratings
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By carysmatic - Nov 02 2017
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I love this podcast a lot, the first two episodes were great and the third was good too. I hope this keeps happening!

More please

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

iTunes Ratings

41 Ratings
Average Ratings
35
3
3
0
0

More please!

By carysmatic - Nov 02 2017
Read more
I love this podcast a lot, the first two episodes were great and the third was good too. I hope this keeps happening!

More please

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

The British Museum Podcast

Updated 1 day ago

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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.

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 #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 #4: The Museum podcast episode #1: Buckets of the British Museum

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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

44mins

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Rank #5: The Museum podcast #2: Dirty dishes, poison and black goo…

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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

1hr 2mins

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