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S05E07: Publishing Your Work

How and why should conservators publish their work? Who are we trying to reach and why does it matter? Kloe quite likes the established conference paper or journal article routes while Jenny prefers Twitter papers, blogs, and methods without paywalls. Christina tries to demystify the publication world and talks us through the stages of publishing a traditional article. Also tune in for a review of 'Cultural Heritage Marketing: A Relationship Marketing Approach to Conservation Services’ by...


S05E06: Touchy Feely

We talk about the importance of touch: intentional and sometimes unintentional touching, what touch means to us as conservation professionals, and how we can facilitate access (particularly for visually impaired audiences). How do you go about setting up a touch tour? How do we encourage or discourage touch? Christina interviews Liz Pye about her work around touch and object handling, and we’ve got a couple of reviews of the recent AIC conference too! 00:00:21 Touch and handling where we...


S05E05: Portfolio Extravaganza

Please take a seat in the waiting area as we have a little chat about the all-important topic of portfolios as part of recruiting conservators: what makes a good one, what format should it be, and what do we put in ours? We’re joined by guest host Julia Jabłońska, an emerging paintings conservator, as we try to figure out what people want. Also tune in for an interview with Tamsin Russell from the Museums Association about interview confidence, a Dear Jane about PhD studies, and a special...


S05E04: Working with Communities

Join us as we explore the topic of working with communities of all sorts: from source communities to new audiences. How can conservators work with community groups? How can museums be more welcoming to diverse audiences? Can we take collaboration outside of the museum walls? We talk to Rachel Hand and Ali Clark about their work at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and to Francis Lukezic about the Nunalleq Project. Also tune in for a Dear Jane about archaeological exhibitions and a...


S05E03: Contemporary Art

We’re joined by guest host Sarah Potter as we have a chat about working with contemporary art. Jenny interviews Julia Nagle about the joy of colour and solvent free studios, and Kloe talks to Ann French about problem solving and how to share your knowledge. Also tune in for a special training review by Anthi Soulioti (including an interview with Vivian van Saaze), and a review of the West Dean plastics course by Kloe. 00:00:37 What is contemporary art? 00:05:51 Our experiences 00:15:33...


S05E02: Couriering

Buckle up as we go on a ride exploring the topic of couriering and the art of escorting an object on loan: from low-glam trips to prestigious treks across the globe! What’s involved? Who gets to go? What if something goes wrong? Kloe documents her first courier trip to Brussels and Christina shares her various conservation adventures. Also tune in for a Dear Jane that unexpectedly turns into Dear Fletcher! 00:00:22 Announcement: #Icon19 meet-up! 00:00:56 What do we mean by couriering?...


S05E01: Wet Stuff

We’re joined by guest host Johanna Sandström as we embark on an adventure with brown soggy stuff: from waterlogged wood and leather to mudlarking and replica toilet seats! We interview Mags Felter from York Archaeological Trust, Kim Roche from MSDS Marine, and Luisa Duarte from Museum of London. Also tune in for a review of ’Preserving Vasa’ and a Dear Jane about university admissions! 00:00:53 News in brief 00:05:34 Our experiences with wet stuff 00:14:56 Interview with Mags Felter 00:33:36...


Bonus Episode: Diversity Discussion Panel

This special bonus episode features a live recording from the discussion panel we took part of as part of ICON’s annual meeting in November 2018. We were joined by conservators Nerys Rudder and Rebecca Plumbe and tackled the topic of conservation and diversity. Attendees and people joining in via Twitter and Facebook could ask us questions while the panel was live. The Facebook video feed can still be accessed here: — Hosted by...


S04E08: Christmas Special

C is for: Crimbo Ho ho ho! We review our predictions for 2018 and make some new ones for 2019, listen to a museum version of The Night Before Christmas, and play a parlour game! Also tune in for this year’s version of 12 Days of Christmas with St Edmund’s Choir, plus a seasonal Dear Jane! 02:34 Museum advent calendars 06:57 Our predictions for 2018 from last year 13:56 Our new predictions for 2019 21:02 The Curator’s 12 Days of Christmas 25:22 Let’s play twenty— oh, TEN questions! 48:50 The...


S04E07: Tools Galore!

Come have an auditory look into our tool stashes! We talk conservation tools of all kinds: from bone folders and scalpel blades to the more hardcore variety! We discuss listener tweets about tools and Christina interviews a whole bunch of conservators about their tool kits. 00:00:27 News in brief 00:03:34 What’s in our tool kits? 00:18:28 What are our favourite tools? 00:22:59 Responses from Twitter 00:40:23 Are expensive tools a barrier to entry? 00:47:06 Inspiration outside the field...


S04E06: Smut

Join us for a risqué episode about smutty collections! We talk about sexual museum objects, attitudes to pornography and art, bedroom fashion, and erotic museums! (Contains 20% more giggling than usual. May cause blushing in some listeners.) Also tune in for a review of ‘On Sexuality’ and a Dear Jane about imposter syndrome. 00:24 Can collections be a bit naughty? (Spoilers: yes) 03:15 Our experiences of working on ‘smutty’ objects 09:15 What’s smutty in collections anyway? 16:32 Dedicated...


S04E06: Smut

Join us for a risqué episode about smutty collections! We talk about sexual museum objects, attitudes to pornography and art, bedroom fashion, and erotic museums! (Contains 20% more giggling than usual. May cause blushing in some listeners.) Also tune in for a review of ‘On Sexuality’ and a Dear Jane about imposter syndrome. 00:24 Can collections be a bit naughty? (Spoilers: yes) 03:15 Our experiences of working on ‘smutty’ objects 09:15 What’s smutty in collections anyway? 16:32 Dedicated...


S04E05: Natural History

We’re joined by Natalie Jones as we talk about natural history in all its forms: from taxidermy to fluid specimens! Jenny also talks to Lucie Mascord about becoming a natural history conservator, and Kloe talks to David Gelsthorpe about outreach and audiences for these collections. Also tune in for a ‘Dear Jane’ about unknown specimens and a review of ‘Dyes from Nature’ by Kloe! 00:00:53 News in brief 00:03:23 How do you become a natural history conservator anyway? 00:08:09 Are museums...


S04E04: Military Collections

We’re joined by guest host Vicky Singleton and have a chat about the world of military collections: what’s in them, how we feel about them, and what we do with them. Also tune in for an interview with Ian McCollum from Forgotten Weapons about researching and filming in museums. 00:40 Our experiences 06:42 Types of military museums in the UK 09:16 Jargon and language use 13:48 Working with veterans 16:08 Collecting, conserving, and ethics 27:23 Oversized objects 33:01 Funding landscape 35:06...


S04E03: Costume Mounting

We uncover the mysteries of costume mounting: from the magic of Fosshape to whittling down mannequins to size! Tune in for an interview with Lara Flecker about mounting and displaying fashion in museums. Kloe reviews ‘The Care and Display of Historic Clothing’ AND the Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition at the V&A. Our agony aunt Jane also answers a question about hourly rates. 00:00:26 News in brief 00:01:16 Our experiences of mounting costume 00:07:59 Mannequins: the good, the bad,...


S04E02: Parenthood

Today we’re breaking an imagined taboo and talking about parenthood and having (or not having) children as conservators. We talk about flexibility at work, fertility problems, unexpected anxiety, and if The Right Time actually exists. Tune in for an interview with Karen Horton about being deliberately childfree and listen to Sophie Rowe and Christina having a chat about being working mothers. We also get to hear what Christina’s kids think she does at work! 00:00:23 Why talk parenthood?...


S04E01: Going Green

We’re kicking off season four with the topic of sustainability: going green in conservation! What can conservators do to make the world a little greener? We try to rustle up some practical tips and discuss some of the challenges museums face. We talk to sustainability champion Sarah Staniforth about her work around the world and to Caitlin Southwick about the Sustainability in Conservation (SiC) network. Also tune in for a review of two green heritage books! 00:01:02 News in brief 00:03:25...


S03E08: Road Trip Special

Join us for a special episode when Kloe and Jenny go on a road trip to Cambridge! (Please note: this episode has VERY varied audio quality through-out due to different recording settings.) We talk about opening events, meet up with Christina, visit Kirstie Williams and Karen Horton at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, interview Natalie Jones about the museum decant, and attend the opening ceremony for the refurbished Museum of Zoology. 00:00:52 Going for a ride in the car and...


S03E07: Funding

We tackle the tricky topic of funding: in museums in general and for conservators in particular. From grants and charities to crowdfunding and adopt-an-object schemes we’ll try to make sense of the many ways we can look for or raise money. Our agony aunt Jane answers some questions about accreditation, and we talk about professional bodies, influencing coworkers, and contemporary art headaches in the comments section. 00:01:06 News in brief 00:01:41 Our experiences of applying for money...


S03E06: Listen Up!

This one is all about how to make friends and influence people (kind of)! Being heard in conservation can be hard. Guest host Jane Henderson shares her experiences of communication misfires and pro tips on how to get through to people. We play a little game in which we try to make negatives into positives, and have a think about what works when talking to colleagues. Also tune in for a Dear Jane about mansplaining, and listen to Kloe testing Aquazol on textiles. 00:39 News in brief 01:33...