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After a sudden, scary lockdown, I wanted to check in on the lovely people I interviewed in Season 1. For the first episode of Coffee & Catch Up, I caught up with Subhadra Das, Curator of the Science Collections at UCL and part-time freelancer.
I hope you enjoy this lighthearted break from the world.
In Episode 7, I speak to Arike Oke, Director of the Black Cultural Archives. We talk about the people-centred core values that Arike brings to her work and the resilience required to push forward a challenging agenda of change to an organisation.
After the amazing reception for Season 1 of the podcast, we have decided to enter the British Podcast Awards!! We are compiling a 15-minute segment of the best clips from Season 1 and we would love your help. Let us know what your favourite clips are @TheWonderHouse and we will put them together as part of our submission. We would love this process to be as interactive as possible!
In Episode 6, I speak to Margot Finn, Professor of Modern British History at UCL and President of the Royal Historical Society (‘RHS’) about the RHS Race, Ethnicity and Equality Report in UK History: A Report and Resource for Change (2018) that she initiated and championed as President of this Society in collaboration with fellow historians through the Society’s Race, Ethnicity, Equality Working Group. I also take the opportunity to discuss Margot’s previous project – The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857 – which explored ‘how empire in Asia shaped British country houses, their interiors and the lives of their residents’.
In Episode 5, I speak to Dr Sadiah Qureshi, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Birmingham, about two recent projects that she has been working on, as well as her fascinating current research. 1) the Royal Historical Society’s Race, Ethnicity & Equality Report; 2) NPG exhibition George Catlin: American Indian Portraits; 3) Sadiah’s book Peoples on Parade; 4) forthcoming book on Extinction.
In Episode 4, I speak to Rachael Minott (@RachaelMinott), Inclusion and Change Manager at The National Archives, board member of the Museums Association and visual artist working on Jamaican national representation as a form of artistic exploration. We talk about how Rachael’s artistic practice informs her curatorial work, including in the recent exhibition ‘The Past Is Now’ (2017) held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
In Episode 3, I speak to Sara Wajid (@Waji35), Head of Engagement at the Museum of London, about her sector-changing approach to ‘The Past Is Now’ (2017) exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the incredible alchemy that results when you bring together powerful, innovative storytelling and experimentation into a museum.
In Episode 2, I speak to Miranda Lowe (@NatHistGirl), Principal Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Natural History Museum. We talk about Miranda’s work unearthing stories about the important contributions that people of colour have made to the study of natural history and science, as well as associated collecting and collections, over the centuries… and so much more!
Subhadra has kindly let us share the first Episode of Bricks + Mortals on The Wonder House: ‘Stopes is celebrated as a feminist icon and champion for birth control. Her eugenic motivations, however, are less well known‘.
To kick off the new podcast series, I speak to Subhadra Das (@LittleGaudy), Curator of the Science Collections at UCL. Subhadra is doing some really exciting work re-assessing UCL’s scientific and natural history collections and bringing them to wider public knowledge in new and innovative ways – from not-so-traditional exhibitions and gallery interventions, to stand-up comedy shows.
Presenter/Producer – Sushma Jansari @TheWonderHouse
Producer – Nick Harris @2ndThoughtTank
Artwork – Aleesha Nandhra @AleeshaNandhra