30 episodes

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.

Museums n'That Leeds Museums & Galleries

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    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

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.

    You'd struggle to get better than Stephenson's Rocket

    You'd struggle to get better than Stephenson's Rocket

    Wafting a load of rhubarb farts into our final episode of the series is Rob Scargill, Interpretation Developer at the National Railway Museum.

    We've done trains before, sure, but we haven't done interpretation now have we guys. Rob explains how everything (literally, everything) you experience in a museum is thought out - from the stories you tell about an object to the colour light you shine on it.

    This episode also features a live moderate disaster, when we accidentally melted Sara's headphones. As she was wearing them.

    Huge thanks to all of our guests and lovely listeners this series! If you've enjoyed listening to our silly little questions, then subscribe on all the usual podcast suspects and leave us a review on  Apple Podcasts.
    Support the show (http://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/podcast)

    • 48 min
    I like my exotic fruits

    I like my exotic fruits

    Our guest this week is Visitor Assistant and harbinger of exotic fruits Carmen Webbe.

    Carmen talks to Meg and Sara about black artists and subjects on display at Leeds Art Gallery, her opinion on works and exhibitions and, most importantly, her experience as a black woman working in a public facing role at an art gallery.

    Links to things talked about if you'd like to find out more:

    Five,  by Lubaina Himid (which we say is in our collection - it isn't! Silly us. It's on long loan to Leeds Art Gallery).

    Melita, by Ronald Ossory Dunlop

    Visit Ashley Holmes' website

    There's a case study on the MyLearning website about Retribution by Edward Armitage

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    • 46 min
    It's just Titanic isn't it

    It's just Titanic isn't it

    SHIPWRECKS. FINALLY.

    And not just any shipwreck. Meg and Sara take a trip down the canal to Liverpool, where they chat with Ian Murphy, Head of the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

    Ian walks us through their exhibition 'Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story' and we find out about the objects they have relating to Titanic, how collecting from a wreck site works and some of the (sad) stories they tell at the museum.

    We also find out about the time Meg threw a piece of fish at the Longleat river boat.

    Find out more about the Titanic and Liverpool exhibition and have a look through their Titanic collection online.

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    Support the show (http://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/podcast)

    • 43 min
    I don't know if I've mentioned, but I'm vegan

    I don't know if I've mentioned, but I'm vegan

    200 years old we are. 200! years! old!

    This year Leeds Museums & Galleries celebrates a (very) big birthday, and Projects Curator Catherine Robins has been party-planning the whole shebang. Find out how to open an exhibition with an army of excellent volunteers, what happened when Leeds was bombed in 1941 and what celery has to do with a budgie called Papa Guy.

    Do not expect to find out what a fossil is, because we literally do not know.

    Find out more about our 200th Birthday

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    Support the show (http://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/podcast)

    • 40 min
    Who the flip is David Hopes?

    Who the flip is David Hopes?

    Bringing the sauce this episode - but eating absolutely none of it - is David Hopes, Head of Service at Leeds Museums & Galleries.

    Sara and Meg grill David about his credentials, and ask exactly how you get to be the head of a museum. He tells us some cracking stories about Brian Cox and Lulu (finally!) and, you know, says really interesting things about museums (n'that).

    Big thanks to David for being a great sport. 

    This episode also features a special guest cameo from Milo off of S2E1, who was extremely thirsty for some brownie points.

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    Support the show (http://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/podcast)

    • 46 min
    Hip hop doesn't ask for permission

    Hip hop doesn't ask for permission

    Did someone say series 4?

    *beat drop*

    To kick off the new series, Meg and Sara talk to actual real life best friends Lee Arnold aka. King Monk and Marek Romaniszyn.  Lee is a Hip Hop aficionado - he runs King Monk studios and is the brains behind the Hip Hop Historian Society. Marek is the Assistant Community Curator at Leeds Museums & Galleries and really likes Ninja Turtles.

    We find out (lots) about Leeds' hip hop roots, and ask how we go about collecting that kind of history. Marek and Lee chat about the exhibition they have planned in 2023, and, as always, their favourite takeaways.

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    Support the show (http://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/podcast)

    • 43 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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