In each episode of this podcast by National Museums Liverpool, we will be exploring a singular theme like love, protest, movement, isolation, etc.
Each episode will feature one story from the present-day and reflecting with narratives from across our collections, programmes and community.
The series is presented by the former BBC Women's Hour presenter Jane Garvey, produced by Digital Editorial Lead Daniel O'Connor and mixed by Onomatopoeia Post. Our artwork is by Saffa Khan and our theme tune by Big Giant Circles.
In episode four of the National Museums Liverpool Podcast, Re:PRESENT, Jane Garvey introduces stories on isolation, each with their own unique link to the museums and Liverpool.
Act One: The Importance of Being Social
Joe is about to turn 16, lockdown took away his social life and in particular the underage nightclub he attended every Monday night. It's a story we're hearing a lot since March 2020, but the difference in this story is that Joe is a young man who has Down's Syndrome. In his own words Joe details how isolation has impacted him.
Act Two: Splendid Isolation
The Isle of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is a wonder of biodiversity comparable to the famous Galápagos Islands. In 1898 Scottish explorer, ornithologist, botanist and then Director of Liverpool Museums (World Museum) Henry Ogg Forbes undertook a joint expedition with the British Museum to the Yemeni Island. Their discoveries were vast and in this story we speak to a successor of Forbes, Dr John-James Wilson, about the collection and to Kay van Damme, who is currently residing on the Island conducting further research.
Act Three: Stuck on the Suez
As the huge container ship the Evergiven ran aground and blocked passage through the Suez Canal, interest in the waterway was piqued. It was stuck for just under a week, imagine being stuck there for 8 years as the Yellow Fleet was between 1967-1975. We speak to Cath Senker author of the book Stranded in the Six-Day War, who details this often forgotten moment of diplomatic history.
In episode three of the National Museums Liverpool Podcast, Re:PRESENT, Jane Garvey introduces stories on work, each with their own unique link to the museums and Liverpool.
Act One: Transitioning on the Force
Detective Sergeant Christian Owens was the first person to transition on Merseyside police and as such has turned his experiences into lessons for forces across the country. In this story he details how difficult it can be to be both trans and a police officer.
Act Two: Unemployment on Merseyside
Mike (Mick) Jones’s huge mural hangs in the People’s Republic Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool. It depicts Liverpudlian’s fight for the right to work in the 20th Century taking in post-WWI marches as well as Liverpool’s lowest ebb, the 1980s. We hear the stories of those who fought for work and those who helped.
Act Three: The Sun of Europe
Elisabetta Sirani (1638-65) was a 17th Century Baroque artist whose success defied her era in which women were denied academy training. Lead Curator of International Fine Art at the Walker Art Gallery, Kate O’Donoghue, talks us through Sirani’s remarkable but tragically short life.
In episode two of the National Museums Liverpool Podcast, Re:PRESENT, Jane Garvey introduces stories on resilience, each with their own unique link to the museums and Liverpool.
Act One: From the Ashes
The COVID-19 crisis has impacted pretty much every aspect of our lives. All museums and galleries in the UK were forced to close their doors 12 months ago; it was the first time the World Museum has had to do so since the Blitz 80 years ago. In this story we compare and contrast the two events and see how museums bounced back then and plan to now.
Act Two: We Shall Not be Moved
The MV Derbyshire is the largest British ship ever lost at sea, the Bridge class bulk carrier sank in 1980 with 44 people on board, there were no survivors. The Derbyshire Family Association (DFA) formed afterwards to fight the initial findings, which were called a “whitewash” by John Prescott. This is the story of a group of families standing up in the face of governments and huge corporations to say they want to find out the truth.
In this first episode of the National Museums Liverpool Podcast, Re:PRESENT, Jane Garvey introduces three stories on love each with their own unique link to the museums and Liverpool.----more----
Act One: Hello Sailor!
Michael Rudder and Dominic Brown both started a life in the Merchant Navy at the age of 17 in 1969. At sea they both found an openness that would have perhaps been a little more difficult to come by at home. ----more----
Act Two: The Loves and Loss of Glyn Philpot
Early 20th Century British artist, Glyn Philpot was revered by the aristocracy for his stunning portraiture. However, while portrait painting may have been Philpot's job, his passions lay elsewhere.
Act Three: Love abound the Lusitania
The sinking of the Lusitania is one of the most tragic maritime disasters of all time. Of the 1,198 souls that lost their lives, there are countless acts of heroism and love. We have an epic and heart-breaking love story. ----more----
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Host: Jane Garvey
Produced by: Daniel O’Connor
Post Production: Onomatopoeia Post Production
Artwork: Saffa Khan
Theme Music: Big Giant Circles
Trailer: Re:PRESENT | A Podcast by National Museums Liverpool with Jane Garvey
Subscribe to National Museums Liverpool's new podcast series Regarding the Present (Re:PRESENT).
In this six episode series we will be exploring the themes of Love, Work, Resilience, Movement, Isolation and Protest.
Each episode will explore a modern day story and delve into the museums' extensive collections to explore how they relate.
Our first episode's topic is Love and will be available wherever you get your podcasts on Friday March 5th 2021.
The former presenter of BBC Woman's Hour, Jane Garvey is our host and, Digital Editorial Lead, Daniel O'Connor brings us the stories.
Post Production: Onomatopoeia Post Productions
Artwork: Saffa Khan
Theme Music: Big Giant Circles