46 episodes

Museums n'That is the podcast for anyone who thinks that museums are boring. Hosts Meg and Sara from Leeds Museums & Galleries get to the very heart of what makes museum people tick, by asking them the questions that you actually want to know. Does Bruce Springsteen have an archive? Do you ever try any of the old clothes on? What’s the greatest city in the world? Spoiler alert: it’s Leeds.

Museums n'That Leeds Museums & Galleries

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    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

Museums n'That is the podcast for anyone who thinks that museums are boring. Hosts Meg and Sara from Leeds Museums & Galleries get to the very heart of what makes museum people tick, by asking them the questions that you actually want to know. Does Bruce Springsteen have an archive? Do you ever try any of the old clothes on? What’s the greatest city in the world? Spoiler alert: it’s Leeds.

    The Brontës are the Kardashians

    The Brontës are the Kardashians

    Oh, hiya! Series 6 it is then kids.

    Sassy Holmes is the Programme Officer at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in lovely Haworth, so we invited her to come and teach us the wily, windy ways of literature's #1 family. We find out about the objects they have in the museum, including ones found hidden in the walls - we cannot - and hear some frankly cracking ghost stories too.

    Sassy also tells us all about their new exhibition, The Brontë's and the Wild, which you can read more about here: https://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/1267/the-brontes-and-the-wild

    And, y'know. Go to Haworth guys.

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    • 49 min
    We sure need plants

    We sure need plants

    A big ol' love letter to plants, this one. Dried ones especially. And our first returning guest!

    Clare Brown of S2 E7 fame is back to tell us all about herbaria. Herbarium? Herbariums. Dried plant specimens, stored in our collection at Leeds Discovery Centre. Why should we collect them? How do we dry them? Stick your nose in a female plant, and what does it smell like?

    Big thanks to Clare, and big thanks to you for listening. If you liked the episode, listen, subscribe and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all the usual podcast suspects.
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    • 45 min
    We have more than just butt plugs

    We have more than just butt plugs

    The most butt heavy episode we've had yet. And that's saying something.

    Today's wonderful guest is Amelia Silver, a Curating for Change Fellow working with the Thackray Museum to make museums more accessible for people with disabilities. Amelia tells us all about her route into her role, including lots about her own disability and how that lead to her working on this project. We get into what museums could be doing better,  their new exhibition Private Parts and where to look for sex toys in Leeds City Centre.

    Variety! It's the butt plug of life.

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    Ps. At the end of this episode, we do our usual thanks to Tim Bentley for doing our theme music, and to Alex Finney for doing our... theme music. Al did our cover artwork! Silly sausages.
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    • 39 min
    The Tower of London is a twice in a lifetime experience

    The Tower of London is a twice in a lifetime experience

    What do you get when you mix a hotel breakfast with the Chief Exhibitor at the Tower of London? A really good podcast episode.

    Not only are we at the Tower! of! London! (Meg's favourite place in the world) this episode, but we have the absolute pleasure of talking to Chief Exhibitor Nivek Amichund. And opening his post.

    Nivek talked us through how he got to be in this whopper of a role, life living at the Tower and ghost stories and quirks from around the site. We had the absolute best time. Thanks Nivek - see you at the next breakfast buffet.

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    • 44 min
    A benign environmental dictator

    A benign environmental dictator

    Sustainability! Climate! Museums! Longshore Drift! All the main hitters.

    Talking us through it all is the powerhouse that is Sara Kassam (2 Sara's and a Meg - you're welcome) the benign environmental dictator at UK Sport and previous Sustainability Lead at ye olde V&A.

    Sara is also Sustainability Advisor at the Museums Association, and most importantly of all, has great taste in snacks.

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    • 42 min
    Conservators are dorks

    Conservators are dorks

    Hayley Cropper's anorak! Here we go gang - signing off this series is self-confessed conservator dork Kloe Rumsey, Conservator at the People's History Museum in Manchester.

    Kloe exercises extreme patience this episode as we ask her all of our burning questions about conservation. Are there big sciencey chemicals involved? How do you deal with the responsibility of trying fix extremely precious artefacts?

    And the big one - the question we've always known would come up, in a way:

    What does Hillary Clinton smell like?

    Kloe also hosts the brilliant podcast The C Word - The Conservators' Podcast. If you like this, you'll absolutely like that, so give it a listen.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

sammuseums ,

All that and a bag of chips (or should I say crisps)

I stumbled upon Museums n'That while expanding my podcast horizons into the museum realm, wanting to learn more about the people in museums and their jobs. Museums n'That podcast is all that and a bag of chips (or should I say crisps). Meg and Sara make the episodes educational yet fun with topics ranging from the perils of taxidermy to Leeds Museums and Galleries' work to make the museums more accessible for people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. Although I don't live in the UK, Museums n'That has almost brought the city and its museums to me during the COVID-19 pandemic and makes me want to one day visit the greatest city in the world.

ampubs ,

Greatest podcast in the world

Very good, very good.

Tmkneeland ,

Museums n that is a must listen!

If you like museums, history, and the owlish city of Leeds, as I do — you will love this terrific podcast from our friends at the Leeds Museums and Galleries! Bog bodies, arachnids, what the hosts are eating, are all fun fodder as they interview experts and quiz each other in this entertaining and educational podcast. Give it a listen you will not be disappointed.

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