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This is Museums n’That, a podcast by Leeds Museums & Galleries. Museums attract passionate people like moths to a flame and this podcast gets to the very heart of the things that make them tick, by asking the questions you actually want to know. Hosts Meg and Sara pour the tea over topics you never knew you needed to know about. Can you archive an orange? How do you clean a sculpture? What’s the greatest city in the world? Spoiler alert: it’s Leeds.
 
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Hello everyone, it’s us. We’ve been at it again, and now we’ve got a brand spanking new series of Museums n’That lined up ready for your ear holes. Series 4 - can you literally believe they’ve let us have 4 series - is positively dripping in wonderful guests, putting up with our silly little questions. This series we learn about hip hop history (th…
 
It's fashion, hun. This episode's guest is Vanessa Jones, one of our curators of Dress and Textiles at Leeds Museums and Galleries. For our last episode of the series - can you believe! - we find out how to look fly as hell in the 1700s, why fashion sustainability is nothing new and what the deal is with historical sweat. We also get deep - too dee…
 
Ant and Dec. Monica and Rachel. Wikipedia and Museums. The two best friends anyone could be! Our guest this week is lovely Hope Miyoba, Wikimedian-in-residence for the Science Museum Group. Meg and Sara find out why museums and Wikipedia get on like a house on fire, talking through women in Leeds, human remains in museum collections and misrepresen…
 
Florence Nightingale! ...unfortunately wasn't available to be interviewed for this episode, but Stephanie Davies (Assistant Community Curator at Lotherton) absolutely was, and we really did luck out there. Steph tells us about the connection between the lady with the lamp and the greatest city in the world, and, naturally, we delve into pocket owls…
 
In this uncharacteristically relevant episode, Meg and Sara talk to lovely Owen Gower from Dr. Jenner's House, off of the birthplace of vaccinations. We find out about Blossom the cow and her 20 horns, ghost stories from inside the house and the naughty vicar's wife who stole a plant from the Pope. Oh, and all about vaccinations (lancets, people!),…
 
Magna Carta! Jay Z's 12th studio album and the medieval cornerstone of modern democracy. In this episode, we discuss both with Digital Engagement Officer Steven Franklin off of Egham Museum, Bradford Museums & Galleries and now the National Archives. Find out from someone other than Terry Jones why King John was so big and so bad, and why him needi…
 
Would you snog Othello? We've always asked the truly important questions, and this series will be no different. We're back! We've got wonderful guests! We're still on zoom and we still hate it! For this first episode of series 3, Meg and Sara chat to Anjna Chouhan off of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, who has 2 - 2! - of her own podcasts: Shakes…
 
Lovely news! We've been chinwagging our way around the UK (is chinwagging a word?) and now we're back in the greatest city in the world ready to release our third series. This time around, we ask museum smartypants the truly important questions about topics like Shakespeare, Magna Carta, vaccinations, Florence Nightingale, museums & Wikipedia and c…
 
Ho, ho - we can't stress this enough - ho. We're back with an extra special Christmas episode with Kitty Ross, Curator of Social History. Who was St. Nick? What did Charles Dickens think of our Leeds? What's your favourite Wet Wet Wet song? Kitty answers all of your burning festive questions (and then some). Before you panic: Danny from DPD does ge…
 
Could The Meg literally happen? How do you give a polar bear a wash and blow dry? Does Danny from DPD know how regularly he features on everyone’s favourite lowbrow museum based podcast? We’re saying a firm ‘see ya’ to series 2 with curator Clare Brown, who explains how animals come to be in our natural science collection, and why dealing with the …
 
Bog bodies. Skeletons. Mummifying Alan. Kat Baxter, Curator of Archaeology at Leeds Museums & Galleries, answers all of our (many) burning questions about human remains and the ethics of collecting and displaying them in museums. We ask why some bodies are better preserved than others, and find out the kind of reactions visitors have to different t…
 
Artist and Assistant Registrar to the stars (Leeds Museums & Galleries) Emii Alrai is our guest this week, and the content is CHARMING. Emii brings her trademark virgo energy to the pod as we find out what registrar-ing really means. Emii shares the influence for her artistic practice too, as we chat about how Middle Eastern objects come to be in w…
 
Surprise! Our first (questionable) bonus episode. Turns out Meg and Sara are literally museum professionals too, so get to know more about your favourite museum podcast hosts and what they do every day. Find out about the good, the bad and the downright lovely sides of working with museum audiences, why museums need to change and the impact that wo…
 
Trains! Jelly tots! Chicken Jalfrezi! All the major food groups in one delicious museum podcast. Curator of industrial history John McGoldrick tells us all about inventions made in the great, nay, greatest, city of Leeds. Find out what Dick Whittington's got to do with railways, how to become an actual rocket scientist and what, definitively, is th…
 
Oh, this is a good one. Conor Clarke from the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield (the second greatest city in the world) has willingly, actually, genuinely come on the show. We talk videogame history, and explore the logistics of collecting games as a museum. We cover the fundamentals too: Crash Bandicoot or Sonic? Would you sell your turnips t…
 
Bum silk nests. How to shave a moth. Harry Styles. We're back, and starting Series 2 as we mean to go on. Assistant Curator of Entomology Milo Phillips puts moths under the spotlight in this episode, and we explain the Leeds Museums & Galleries obsession with the little blighters. Swot up on cocoons, caterpillars, and crucially: who would win in a …
 
We've been debating whether to sacrifice the high quality of our recordings (that we're so famous for) for series 2 by doing them remotely. The answer is yes! We're going to. You're welcome. We're sorry in advance. We'll be covering topics like human remains, moths and inventions made in the greatest city in the world. Series 2 even features some a…
 
Hold tight for sword fighting, Gandalf quotes and diggers that look a bit like hands. For the last episode of this first series, Meg and Sara interview Learning Officer Carl Newbould, who works with pupils with special educational needs and disabilities to give them experiences of the world of work. In other words, Carl has the loveliest job. Disco…
 
This one's a corker. Discover why fish and chips are bad, who's got tiny little teeth and the arty love affair that never actually quite happened. You'll also do some very good learns too - what's the deal with Henry Moore? Why is some art considered art when it looks a bit like you could have done it? What happens if you accidentally break a sculp…
 
Meg and Sara get the tea on the wonderful country of Japan from Adam Jaffer, World Cultures curator at Leeds Museums and Galleries. We also discover what Humboldt Squids have to do with Peruvian mummies, the incredible commitment of the Shinto monks and, most importantly, where on literal Earth Antarctica even is. Please be aware that this episode …
 
Meg and Sara interview Chris Sharp, Assistant Community Curator at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills and Thwaite Watermill, and owner of the longest job title in history. Chris talks through his work with local community groups, and how he facilitates people experiencing the museum on their own terms. We cover gardening, mental health, dement…
 
Meg and Sara interview Errin Hussey, Archivist for the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Museums and Galleries. Errin spills the beans on what archives actually are: how they're stored, how you should hold them and what happens when the thing you're archiving is actually an orange. Find out about Bruce Springsteen's archive, what happened with a pack…
 
In this first episode, Meg and Sara introduce themselves before interviewing Rebecca Machin, Curator of Natural Science at Leeds Museums and Galleries. Find out why preserving a caterpillar is especially gross, how one very special gorilla came to be in our collection and most importantly of all, what it's like to shake one David Attenborough's han…
 
Ey up and welcome to Museums n'That, a new podcast from Leeds Museums and Galleries. Museums attract passionate people like moths to a flame, and this podcast gets to the very heart of the things that make them tick, by asking the questions that you actually want to know. Do you want to know how to taxidermy a caterpillar? Because same. Desperate t…
 
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