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Famous faces take their best mate, their mum, their neighbour (whoever they want) for an afternoon at a favourite museum or gallery. As well as getting a peek behind the scenes, seeing what makes a museum tick, it's also the starting point for some great conversations about life, the universe and everything. As well as a chance to eat lots of cake in the cafe.
Meet Me at the Museum is published by Art Fund, the UK’s national charity for art, which raises money for museums and galleries through the National Art Pass – a neat little card that gets you free or reduced-price entry to hundreds of great cultural venues and exhibitions around the country. The podcast is produced by Whistledown.

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Meet Me at the Museum Art Fund

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    • 4.3 • 208 Ratings

Famous faces take their best mate, their mum, their neighbour (whoever they want) for an afternoon at a favourite museum or gallery. As well as getting a peek behind the scenes, seeing what makes a museum tick, it's also the starting point for some great conversations about life, the universe and everything. As well as a chance to eat lots of cake in the cafe.
Meet Me at the Museum is published by Art Fund, the UK’s national charity for art, which raises money for museums and galleries through the National Art Pass – a neat little card that gets you free or reduced-price entry to hundreds of great cultural venues and exhibitions around the country. The podcast is produced by Whistledown.

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    Brian Cox at the Scottish National Gallery

    Brian Cox at the Scottish National Gallery

    Actor Brian Cox shares some of his favourite works of art at the Scottish National Gallery with fellow Dundonian actor Ava Hickey. The two explore some of the most iconic paintings in Scotland’s art collection, meet the Monarch of the Glen, and discuss their shared experiences of making creative work during the pandemic. As they look at work by artists from Rembrandt through to Dundee’s John Duncan, they consider how different art forms influence their own work as actors – and hear some fascinating insights from curators at the gallery. 
    Notes:  
    Audio clips from Scenes for Survival are featured courtesy of National Theatre of Scotland. 
    You can watch Brian and Ava’s scenes at:  
    nationaltheatrescotland.com/events/scenes-for-survival  
    Credit: Scenes for Survival was delivered by National Theatre of Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Scotland’s leading theatre venues and companies, with support from Hopscotch Films, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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    • 39 min
    Siobhán McSweeney at the Wellcome Collection

    Siobhán McSweeney at the Wellcome Collection

    Actor Siobhán McSweeney takes her pal Kevin Brady to one of her favourite places in London, the Wellcome Collection. Together they explore exhibitions and items that shed light on the connections between science, health, life and art. They meet an astronaut, see a moving piece of art that prompts reflections on the pandemic, learn about humanity’s relationship with plants – and Siobhán even reveals how Star Trek influenced her decision to study science.
    Notes:
    The exhibition Rooted Beings is at the Wellcome Collection until 29 August 2022.

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    • 43 min
    Isy Suttie at Creswell Crags

    Isy Suttie at Creswell Crags

    Comedian, actor and writer Isy Suttie takes her friend Caroline to Creswell Crags – a place that’s very special to them both. As they explore the museum, caves and limestone gorge, they share their memories of visiting when they were younger and why this unique location is so close to their hearts. In the museum they discover some of the fascinating artefacts that reveal stories of life in the Ice Age – before putting on their hard hats and heading into the caves, which contain art that’s over 12,000 years old.
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    • 42 min
    Poppy Jay at the V&A, London

    Poppy Jay at the V&A, London

    Podcaster and director Poppy Jay is joined by her friend Martin at the V&A in London, where they indulge their love of sharing art and culture together among the museum’s vast collection. Pieces of design such as the Refugee Nation flag spark conversations about identity, migration and empire, while other works of art such as Tippoo’s Tiger – one of the museum’s most famous objects – prompt thoughts about protest and dissent.
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    • 41 min
    Robert Diament at Turner Contemporary

    Robert Diament at Turner Contemporary

    Robert Diament, co-host of the Talk Art podcast, explores Turner Contemporary in Margate with his friend Naomi Evans, co-founder of Everyday Racism. As they bring their perspectives to different exhibitions in this visually striking gallery, they discuss their love of Margate, how the arts scene has developed in the town, and how their work and interests led them to each other. They also consider how some of the artists on show respond to the sea, following in the steps of the gallery’s namesake, artist JMW Turner. 
    Notes:  
    The exhibition Wayfinder: Larry Achiampong & JMW Turner curated by Larry Achiampong is at Turner Contemporary until 19 June 2022.  
    The exhibition Sirens: Sophie von Hellermann and Anne Ryan is on until spring 2023. 
    Visitors with a National Art Pass enjoy 10% off in the shop at Turner Contemporary.

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    • 44 min
    Suzi Ruffell at Bletchley Park

    Suzi Ruffell at Bletchley Park

    Comedian Suzi Ruffell takes her pal, fellow comedian Jenny Bede, to Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes – once the top-secret home of Britain’s codebreakers during the Second World War. Together they take a look inside Alan Turing’s office and get up close to the Enigma cipher and Bombe codebreaking machines, explore the stories of the women who worked at Bletchley Park, and chat to experts about what life would have been like on site. 
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

Sue Y Sews ,

Well worth a listen

Even though I knew this podcast existed it took until the third lockdown to actually listen, but then I listened to every one almost back-to-back! With such a diverse range of presenters and museums or galleries visited there is something for everyone. Most of the presenters were very respectful of where they were visiting (a few of the comedians tried too hard to be funny and were a bit juvenile and silly which got irritating) and they wanted to know all about the subject, including the less palatable parts. It was like listening in a someone else’s private guided tour. I especially enjoyed listened to Russ Kane with his Aunty, and Kirsty Wark at v&A Dundee. Give it a go, you’ll be surprised what you can find out!

alisonrhodes ,

Horseman museum

This was lovely podcast.The two woman talk to each other so readily.Its a joy to listen in.They ask what I would have asked.Thank you so much ladies a great pleasure Alison

hmg500 ,

Charming Listen

I love this podcast, especially the first series. Really informative and interesting listen. The only downside is there has been some really dull museums in the second series - if museums are to survive they need to move with the times!

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