A tiny show guiding you through the rocky landscape of museums. Museum Archipelago believes that no museum is an island and that museums are not neutral.
Taking a broad definition of museums, host Ian Elsner brings you to different museum spaces around the world, dives deep into institutional problems, and introduces you to the people working to fix them. Each episode is never longer than 15 minutes, so let’s get started.
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.
April 30th, 2018 | 9 mins 43 secs
senator john heinz history center
As the oldest site of human habitation in North America, the Meadowcroft Rockshelter has a challenge: how to convey its mind-boggling timescale, spanning from prehistory to the 19th century?
April 16th, 2018 | 9 mins 58 secs
Jenny Mathiasson and Kloe Rumsey started The C Word: The Conservators’ Podcast to broadcast their friendly and professional discussions about conservation.
April 2nd, 2018 | 12 mins 33 secs
british museum, james delbourgo
Over the course of his long life, Hans Sloane collected tens of thousands of items which became the basis for what is today the British Museum.
March 19th, 2018 | 13 mins 35 secs
Sanchita Balachandran, Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, hopes to see the field of conservation develop into more of a social process, rather than simply a technical one.
March 5th, 2018 | 13 mins 9 secs
national public housing museum, robert j. smith iii
It would have been much easier to build the National Public Housing Museum from scratch instead of building it in the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes, one of the first public housing development in Chicago.
February 19th, 2018 | 12 mins 52 secs
bill bradberry, niagara falls underground railroad heritage center
Bill Bradberry, the President and Chairman of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission, thinks of the entire city of Niagara Falls, NY as an open crime scene from “the crime of holding people in bondage, and the man-made crime of trying to escape.”
February 5th, 2018 | 10 mins 1 sec
Attendants View is a blog of hand-drawn, single page cartoons that capture a slice of a museum attendant’s day.
January 22nd, 2018 | 7 mins 36 secs
erotic heritage museum, victoria hartmann
The Las Vegas Erotic Heritage Museum is the largest erotic museum in the world. Sex scholar Dr. Victoria Hartmann has been the museum’s director since 2014, and her mission is to create a space for people to safely explore and engage the topic of human sexuality.
January 8th, 2018 | 12 mins 28 secs
Iceland has many more museums per person than the UK and the US. The country is also in the middle of a massive tourism boom: there are several times more tourists than residents.
December 25th, 2017 | 13 mins 27 secs
apollo 11 historic site, michelle hanlon
Today, we talk with Michelle Hanlon, a space lawyer who volunteers with For All Moonkind, about what it will take to protect these sites them for future generations -- and speculate about what a lunar museum might look like.