Welcome to Museum Archipelago, a tiny show guiding you through the rocky landscape of museums. Museum Archipelago believes that no museum is an island and museums are not neutral.
Each episode, host Ian Elsner brings you to a different museum around the world, diving into institutional structural problems and introducing you to those working to fix them, all under 15 minutes. For more information, visit museumarchipelago.com.
53. Tribal Historic Preservation Office Helps Students Map Seminole Life for the Ah-tah-thi-ki Museum
November 5th, 2018 | 12 mins 31 secs
The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum, on the Big Cypress Reservation in the Florida Everglades, serves as the public face of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. But the museum collaborates with the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office(THPO) next door to preserve the tribe's culture, working for and with the community through various shared projects.
One of the projects is called Are We There Yet: Engaging the Tribal Youth with Story Maps, which is now on display in the museum. Quentin Cypress, Community Engagement Coordinator at THPO, and Lacee Cofer, Geo Spatial Analyst at THPO, started the project with Juan Cancel, Chief Data Analyst at THPO. The team taught 11th grade students at the Ahfachkee School (the school on the Big Cypress Reservation) GIS mapping software and helped the students create their own maps about a Seminole or Native American topic.
October 15th, 2018 | 10 mins 26 secs
los angeles county museum of art, paula santos
By day, Paula Santos is Community Engagement Manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. By night, she hosts the excellent Cultura Conscious podcast.
On Cultura Conscious, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary, Santos interviews cultural workers on their work with justice and equity. The discussions dive deep into what Santos calls the "nuts and bolts" of museum work.
October 1st, 2018 | 12 mins 42 secs
bulgaria, yulina mihaylova
The Jewish Museum of History in Sofia, Bulgaria tells the full story of the Jewish people in Bulgaria from ancient Roman times to today. The museum takes on the complexities of the rescue of the Jews in Bulgaria from deportation to Nazi death camps during the Second World War.
September 17th, 2018 | 9 mins 37 secs
allison sansone, american writers museum
When the American Writers Museum opened in Chicago in 2017, it became the first museum in the US to celebrate all genres of writing. Early in the planning phase, founder Malcolm O’Hagan made a couple of key decisions: no artifacts and no single curator.
In this episode, the museum’s programs director Allison Sansone explains how these decisions continue to shape the museum, from a timeline of 100 significant authors of fiction and nonfiction to galleries honoring the craft of writing.
49. Deyana Kostova Centers ‘The Little Man’ in War at the Bulgarian National Museum of Military History
September 3rd, 2018 | 10 mins 13 secs
bulgarian national museum of military history, deyana kostova
The campus of the Bulgarian National Museum of Military History in Sofia is defended on all sides by a garden of missiles and tanks. But as Director of Public relations Deyana Kostova points out, many of the exhibits inside focus on the consequences of war rather than the tools of warfare.
August 20th, 2018 | 12 mins 3 secs
ariana lee, palace shaw
Ariana Lee and Palace Shaw create The Whitest Cube, an excellent new museum podcast about people of color and their experiences with art institutions as artists, visitors, workers, activists, or casual admirers. The podcast interrogates the city of Boston and its cultural institutions through the lens of race.
July 23rd, 2018 | 9 mins 59 secs
buzludzha, dora ivanova
High in the Bulgarian mountains, Buzludzha monument is deteriorating.
July 9th, 2018 | 10 mins 1 sec
muzeiko, vessela gercheva
There were no children’s museums in the Balkans before Muzeiko opened in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2015.
June 25th, 2018 | 11 mins 6 secs
Margaret Middleton is an independent exhibit designer and museum consultant based in Providence, RI, USA.
June 11th, 2018 | 11 mins 27 secs
bulgarian national polytechnical museum, vassil makarinov
The Bulgarian National Polytechnical Museum is a science museum that also tells the story of Bulgarian and world history.
43. Blake Bradford Aims To Increase Number of Black Museum Professionals with Lincoln University Program
May 28th, 2018 | 11 mins 36 secs
bill bradberry, blake bradford
In episode 36 of this podcast, Bill Bradberry, Chair of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission, described encountering the glaring lack of cultural diversity within and around the museum industry, particularly in leadership.
42. Freddi Williams Evans and Luther Gray Are Erecting Historic Markers on the Slave Trade in New Orleans
May 14th, 2018 | 13 mins 16 secs
freddi williams evans, luther gray
Until a few weeks ago, one of the only places in downtown New Orleans acknowledging the city’s slave-trading past was a marker in Congo Square, erected in 1997.