7 episodes

A podcast made by staff and volunteers of this museum service in Brighton & Hove on the south coast of England.

Dr Sophie Frost meets some of the people who keep these civic museums relevant for the 21st century, and discovers more about the work that goes on behind the scenes -- from the sublime to the ridiculously mundane.

Presented by Dr Sophie Frost and edited by Lo-Fi Arts, this podcast is supported by the One by One Research Project, The Keep, and Arts Council England.

Voices of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Royal Pavilion & Museums

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A podcast made by staff and volunteers of this museum service in Brighton & Hove on the south coast of England.

Dr Sophie Frost meets some of the people who keep these civic museums relevant for the 21st century, and discovers more about the work that goes on behind the scenes -- from the sublime to the ridiculously mundane.

Presented by Dr Sophie Frost and edited by Lo-Fi Arts, this podcast is supported by the One by One Research Project, The Keep, and Arts Council England.

    0. Voices of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trailer

    0. Voices of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trailer

    Voices of the Royal Pavilion & Museums is a podcast  series that tells the rich and varied stories of the museum people who  keep Brighton’s historic buildings and collections relevant, vibrant and  accessible for the world we are living in.

    The series is presented by Dr Sophie Frost, who was embedded as an  action researcher at Royal Pavilion & Museums Brighton and Hove  (RPM) throughout 2019. Voices uses the microphone as a medium  to hear the learnt and lived experiences of staff and volunteers working  for this regional museum service.

    Sophie is Digital Fellow on the One by One project led by the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, a  collaborative project exploring digital literacy in museums.

    • 44 sec
    6. Reframing South Coast Colonialism

    6. Reframing South Coast Colonialism

    In this episode, Sophie is joined by Dr Helen Mears, Keeper of World Art and Sarah Lee, Consultant and Advisor to RPM as well as Co-Founder of Brighton and Hove Black History. Helen and Sarah discuss how RPM’s recent Black and Minority Ethnic cultural heritage projects have adopted ground-breaking practices of co-production and collaboration by working with representative community groups to construct a greater sense of shared ownership around museum collections. Of notable example is Fashioning Africa, a project which ran from 2015 to 2018 and aimed to develop a new collection of African dress from 1960 – 2007.

    • 46 min
    5. The Gardener

    5. The Gardener

    Robert Hill-Snook is Head Gardener of the Royal Pavilion gardens in the heart of Brighton, having been in post for almost 25 years. Sophie takes a stroll with Robert as he reflects on his working life in this Regency garden, ruminating on how the garden – and nature more generally – continues to be a tonic for many of life’s ills.

    • 40 min
    4. The Ghosts of Preston Manor

    4. The Ghosts of Preston Manor

    Preston Manor is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain. In this episode Sophie talks to Chris Drake (Development and Operations Manager at Preston Manor), Paula Wrightson (Venue Officer), Lavender Jones (long-standing volunteer) and David Beevers (former Keeper of Preston Manor), who help us to understand the cast of characters (ghoulish or otherwise) that have made Preston Manor a bewitching place to visit.

    • 57 min
    3. War Stories

    3. War Stories

    During the First World War, the Royal Pavilion was converted into a hospital for Indian soldiers, wounded on the battlefields of the Western Front. Jody East, Creative Programme Manager at Royal Pavilion & Museums, joins Sophie to discuss how RPM has commemorated this significant story and how focusing on emotional connections and people rather than objects has come to typify the organisation’s curatorial strategy.

    • 39 min
    2. The Keeper and the Boss

    2. The Keeper and the Boss

    Janita Bagshawe, Head of Royal Pavilion & Museums, and David  Beevers, Keeper of the Royal Pavilion, have between them over 70 years’  experience working for the museum service in Brighton and Hove. Sophie  speaks to two members of the organisation’s old guard as they muse upon  the waves of change to have occurred during their tenure, revealing how  fluctuating budgets, changes to organisational structure and job titles  as well as the fresh demands of audiences have affected the role and  relevance of the museum service in the 21st century.

    • 31 min

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