One of the most unusual outputs from the One by One project is Voices of the Royal Pavilion & Museums, a podcast about the museum people of Brighton and Hove presented by Digital Fellow Dr Sophie Frost.
What’s the podcast about?
Royal Pavilion & Museums Brighton & Hove (RPM) is made up of five sites – Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum, Hove Museum, the Booth Museum of Natural History and Preston Manor. Voices features new and long-standing staff and volunteers talking about their lived and learnt experiences working at this wildly eclectic museum service.
Podcast episodes include a quest to uncover the truth behind the famed ghosts of Preston Manor; a trip to Moulsecoomb Primary School with a tiger named Boris and Early Years Learning Officer Michael Olden; and a ramble around the Pavilion Gardens talking about nature and mindfulness with Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook.
We also listen to meditations by senior employees on the changes to have taken place in museums over the past 40 years; learn about the challenges faced by curatorial staff when attempting to destabilise the colonial history of collections; and hear the importance of working with a wide variety of community groups to keep the museum vibrant and relevant.
Listen to the trailer for Season 2 of the podcast here:
Why did we make this podcast?
Voices of the Royal Pavilion & Museums is an outcome of One by One, the collaborative research project led by the School of Museum Studies at University of Leicester exploring digital literacy in museums.
The purpose of making Voices was to nurture a greater sense of individual agency amongst museum people, developing their courage to use digital technology in new and different ways. Whether it is an anecdote about a museum object, former exhibition, community project or outreach activity, a staff-led podcast such as this encourages more informal forms of storytelling as opposed to the prescribed responses you may hear from the same speaker in a public setting.
Further, Voices seeks to reframe the objects, collection and buildings of the museum as part of the staff and volunteers themselves, intrinsically linked to their diverse identities as citizens of Brighton and Hove.
How can I listen to the podcast?
Whether you’re interested in museums from an entertainment or educational angle, Voices of the Royal Pavilion & Museums will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the glamour, intrigue and mundanity that goes on behind the scenes in any regional museum service. Enjoy!
Visit https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/stories/podcast/ for more information, or search for Voices of the Royal Pavilion & Museums wherever you usually get your podcasts.