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20 Best British Museum Podcasts of 2021

Are you wanting to learn more about british museum? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best british museum podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

Best British Museum Podcasts 2021

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A History of the World in 100 Objects

  • Publisher: BBC Radio 4
  • Total Episodes: 101

Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programmes that retell humanity’s history through the objects we have made

Living With The Gods

  • Publisher: BBC Radio 4
  • Total Episodes: 30

Neil MacGregor explores the role and expression of shared beliefs in communities around the world. Produced in partnership with the British Museum.

Bletchley Park

  • Publisher: Bletchley Park
  • Total Episodes: 225

Bletchley Park is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict. The site is now a museum and heritage attraction, open daily. The Bletchley Park Podcast brings you fascinating stories from Veterans, staff and volunteers on the significance and continued relevance of this site today.

The British Museum Podcast

  • Publisher: The British Museum
  • Total Episodes: 30

The British Museum is famous for its objects, which represent over 2 million years of human history and culture. The objects speak to us thanks to the experts who have helped to tell their stories for well over two centuries. This podcast takes a fresh look at some of the tales that have shaped the Museum’s story – both famous and less well known.

The British Museum Membercast

  • Publisher: British Museum
  • Total Episodes: 52

Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from the exclusive programme of Members’ lectures at the British Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and musings. The Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’, but we will definitely encourage you to become a Member if you aren’t already! Interested in becoming a Member? You can find out more at britishmuseum.org/membership. Direct your questions about Membership to [email protected] Talk to us about the podcast on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or use the email address above. Find out more about Iszi Lawrence and The Z List Dead List at iszi.com or follow her on Twitter @iszi_lawrence

Amazing War Stories

  • Publisher: Bruce Crompton
  • Total Episodes: 8

Ex-British Paratrooper and history fanatic Bruce Crompton is on a mission and he believes the amazing deeds of forgotten war heroes can help him. Due to the ongoing pandemic, museums all around the world are in danger of closing. If that happens the history contained within them will be lost from the public forever. In this series, inspired by unique museum items and personal artefacts, Bruce narrates incredible tales from the Second World War. He hopes that by telling these true stories, realised in immersive, 3D audio, people will be inspired to visit collections and help preserve their legends for generations to come.To contact the team please email: [email protected] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Trumpet Daily

  • Publisher: Philadelphia Church of God
  • Total Episodes: 533

Trumpet Daily Radio Show brings you a deeper understanding of the Bible and how it connects to your world and your life right now. Trumpet Daily Radio Show is hosted by the executive editor of the Philadelphia Trumpet newsmagazine and presenter of the Trumpet Daily television program, Stephen Flurry. Stephen Flurry brings you a wide-ranging variety of topics from British politics to American morality to the Middle Eastern balance of power to Asian economics to principles of living to Bible points of doctrine. Trumpet Daily Radio Show matches this diverse array of interests to the factors most affecting your life right now. The program focuses these topics through a single lens: the timeless perspective of the Holy Bible. Trumpet Daily Radio Show zeroes in on only the most important world news, events that often go under reported. It connects these rapidly unfolding developments to history and to end-time Bible prophecy. Programs include: “Don’t Believe the Naysayers, Europe Will Unite,” “Shrugging Off the Demise of the U.S. and Britain,” “The New Russia-China Alliance” and “The Bible and the British Museum.” Trumpet Daily Radio Show records from Trumpet Daily facilities at Edstone in the United Kingdom. The program is available on-demand at the Trumpet Daily website or the Trumpet Daily channel on YouTube. The program airs every morning at 7 a.m. (Central Time) on KPCG 101.3 FM in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Overmorrow’s Library

  • Publisher: Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
  • Total Episodes: 18

The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève presents Overmorrow’s Library, a podcast series by Federico Campagna, available on the 5th floor (digital extension): https://5e.centre.ch/en/ The library for ‘the day after tomorrow’ is dedicated to books and authors whose work explores the limits of the ‘world’ as the frame of sense through which our consciousness experiences the chaos of reality. Each new episode presents a book that engages with the challenge of world-making, with the end-time of a world, or with the eternal unworldly. Spanning mysticism, politics, mythology, philosophy, video-game design and more, the shelves of Overmorrow’s Library are a space for experimenting with the apocalypse, and with the ignition of new cosmogonies. Federico Campagna is an Italian philosopher and writer living in London. His latest books are ‘Prophetic Culture: Recreation for Adolescents’ (Bloomsbury, 2021), ‘Technic and Magic: The Reconstruction of Reality’ (Bloomsbury, 2018), and ‘The Last Night: Anti-work, Atheism, Adventure’ (Zero Books, 2013). He is a lecturer and tutor at KABK, The Hague, and has presented his work in institutions including the Warburg Institute, the Royal Academy, the 57th and 58th Venice Biennale, Documenta 13, Winzavod Center, Jameel Art Centre, Tate Modern and the Serpentine Gallery. He is the director of rights at the radical publisher Verso Books. Image credit: The Gilgamesh Tablet (Library of Ashurbanipal), 7th c. BCE. The British Museum, London. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

A Mile in My Shoes

  • Publisher: Empathy Museum
  • Total Episodes: 142

A weekly podcast that invites you to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger and listen to their story. Nominated ‘Best New Podcast’ at the 2019 British Podcast Awards!All stories and shoes are part of Empathy Museum’s ‘A Mile in My Shoes’ project – an interactive shoe shop which tours internationally.This podcast is best experienced while walking! Please be aware that some stories are more appropriate for adult listeners. Produced by Loftus Media.

Right Royal Roundup

  • Publisher: Carolyn Cash
  • Total Episodes: 168

Carolyn Cash hosts the royal news radio podcast show, Right Royal Roundup since 2014, focusing mostly on the British, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Belgian, Spanish, Thai and Tongan Royal Families, and the Imperial Family of Japan. Carolyn has covered the following royal visits. 
 * The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Easter Show and St Andrew’s Cathedral in 2014. * King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway at the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Royal Sydney Yacht Club and the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2015. * The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attend a Garden Party at Government House, Sydney, in 2015. * King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at the University of Sydney and Cockatoo Island in 2016. * Prince Harry launching the Invictus Games at Circular Quay in 2017. * The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Victoria Park in Dubbo in 2018, despite the pouring rain. Subscribe via Stripe for A$10 per month or A$100 per year – https://rightroyalroundup.com.au/introducing-stripe/ It originally started out as a radio show on Sydney TAFE Radio in Australia from July to November 2011, but migrated to Facebook, when the Certificate IV in Screen and Media finished. The radio show was resurrected in February 2014 and has continued ever since, including a move from the Shire to Tamworth..

The BP2 Podcast

  • Publisher: The Black Presence in British Portraiture Network
  • Total Episodes: 3

The BP2 Podcast comes from the Black Presence in British Portraiture network of scholars, museum professionals and collectors with a passion for discovering, understanding and presenting the black African presence in British portraiture from 1500 to 1800, in each episode a portrait is discussed by members from the network

Germany: Memories of a Nation

  • Publisher: BBC Radio 4
  • Total Episodes: 30

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, explores 600 years of Germany’s complex and often challenging history using objects, art, landmarks and literature.

A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great by John B. Bury

  • Publisher: Loyal Books
  • Total Episodes: 43

For the Irish historian John Bagnell Bury, history should be treated as a science and not a mere branch of literature. Many contemporary histories written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century were poetic and heroic in tone, blending fact and fiction, myths and legends. They sometimes relied on sources from Shakespeare and classical poets. For Bury, the facts of history may be legendary or romantic in nature, but they should be recounted in a scholarly and non-judgmental manner, without the accompanying emotions. His aim was simply to “tell history as it happened.” A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great was first published in 1900. It went on to become a standard text in many colleges and was used as a definitive guide to our understanding of the pre-Hellenistic kingdoms. Richly supplemented with maps and columnar notes, the book deals with its subject in an academic manner, but it is a work which is easily accessible to the ordinary reader as well. There are many interesting illustrations from antiquities in the British Museum and photographs of busts from various art galleries. There are 18 chapters, portraying the beginnings of Ancient Greece in the Heroic Age. The author is also concerned about how previous histories of Ancient Greece have largely ignored the Greek presence in Persia, Asia Minor, Italy and Sicily while emphasizing the Greek history of Sparta and Athens. Later chapters deal with Athenian democracy, Pericles and the Golden Age, the advance of the Persians, the Peloponnesian war and the decline of Athenian Greece, the rise of Thebes, the Syracusan empire, the rise of Macedonia and the final conquest of Persia and East Asia. There is also an interesting chapter on Aristotle and Alexander. Aristotle’s background and how he became Alexander’s teacher, the differing visions that tutor and pupil held about the ideal city-state and the ultimate influence that these ideas had on the development of Europe are discussed in the last chapter. Bury was a young genius who became a Fellow at Trinity College Dublin at the young age of 24 and a professor at Cambridge, where he taught both history and Greek, before he was forty. His interests included medieval studies and philology. His works cover a range of subjects including Greek and Byzantine history and the role of the Church and the Papacy in the 19th century. Though some of the information in this book may be a little dated following new studies, technological advances and discoveries uncovered by the latest research, it is extremely readable and interesting. A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great is a historical and interesting read.

Manual of Egyptian Archaeology and Guide to the Study of Antiquities in Egypt by MASPERO, Gaston

  • Publisher: LibriVox
  • Total Episodes: 16

A handbook of Egyptian archaeology, issued by the British Museum, considered suitable for British tourists traveling to Egypt in the 19th Century. (Introduction by Timothy Ferguson)

Shakespeare’s Restless World

  • Publisher: BBC Radio 4
  • Total Episodes: 20

Making a selection of objects from the British Museum and collections across the UK, Neil MacGregor uncovers the stories they tell about Shakespeare’s world.

Archaeology: the science of investigation – for iPod/iPhone

  • Publisher: The Open University
  • Total Episodes: 48

Archaeology is about reconstructing the physical past to obtain an understanding of how different civilisations and cultures have evolved over time. In this album, archaeologists from the British Museum explain the scientific processes involved in the discovery, investigation and interpretation of a variety of artefacts, such as skeletons, coins, textiles and metal artefacts unearthed at sites such as the famous Iron Age burial at Sutton Hoo, and Tell es-Sa’idiyeh in Jordan. The album also reveals how amateur archaeologists who use metal detectors contribute to creating a picture of ancient societies. This material forms part of The Open University course SA188 Archaeology: the science of investigation.

Charles Darwin – the man and the scientist – for iPad/Mac/PC

  • Publisher: The Open University
  • Total Episodes: 16

Charles Darwin is one of most famous scientists of the nineteenth century, but what was he like as a child, a father and a husband? How did his emotional response to the world affect his scientific theories? And how widespread is his influence today? This album looks at Darwin’s rich and complex legacy. Ruth Padel, one of his direct descendants, offers a series of unique insights into Darwin the man, through recollections of childhood conversations with her grandmother, readings from family letters and her own cycle of biographical poems. Within the scientific world, Darwin remains an inspirational figure both for evolutionary biologists and for many other practitioners. The Nigerian scientist, Sheila Ochugboju, reveals how influential Darwin has been on her own career, and Professor Colin Pillinger of The Open University compares the voyage of the Beagle with his recent mission to Mars. The album concludes with a visit to the Grant Museum of comparative biology at UCL in London, which is dedicated to Robert Edmond Grant, a professor of biology who was an important early influence on Darwin. The tracks on this album were produced by The Open University in collaboration with the British Council. They form part of Darwin Now, a global initiative celebrating the life and work of Charles Darwin and the impact his ideas about evolution continue to have on today’s world. © The British Council 2009.

Charles Darwin – the man and the scientist – for iPod/iPhone

  • Publisher: The Open University
  • Total Episodes: 32

Charles Darwin is one of most famous scientists of the nineteenth century, but what was he like as a child, a father and a husband? How did his emotional response to the world affect his scientific theories? And how widespread is his influence today? This album looks at Darwin’s rich and complex legacy. Ruth Padel, one of his direct descendants, offers a series of unique insights into Darwin the man, through recollections of childhood conversations with her grandmother, readings from family letters and her own cycle of biographical poems. Within the scientific world, Darwin remains an inspirational figure both for evolutionary biologists and for many other practitioners. The Nigerian scientist, Sheila Ochugboju, reveals how influential Darwin has been on her own career, and Professor Colin Pillinger of The Open University compares the voyage of the Beagle with his recent mission to Mars. The album concludes with a visit to the Grant Museum of comparative biology at UCL in London, which is dedicated to Robert Edmond Grant, a professor of biology who was an important early influence on Darwin. The tracks on this album were produced by The Open University in collaboration with the British Council. They form part of Darwin Now, a global initiative celebrating the life and work of Charles Darwin and the impact his ideas about evolution continue to have on today’s world. © The British Council 2009.

PAStCast – Podcast from the Portable Antiquities Scheme

  • Publisher: Portable Antiquities Scheme
  • Total Episodes: 8

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a project to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. It is run by the British Museum and by Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museums Wales.

These Forests are Ours

  • Publisher: BCIFM
  • Total Episodes: 5

Welcome to These Forests are Ours. This podcast is produced by BC Interior Forestry Museum, located in Revelstoke, British Columbia. This podcast aims to engage people in the forestry sector to discuss the intersection between forestry practices and sustainability. The podcast explores, among other things, what the values of multiple stakeholders with interests in our forests are, and how to protect these values. Feel free to come to our museum and check out our great displays on forestry, or use our riverside trails to explore our beautiful Revelstoke.

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