Episode 13: The Art of Conservation

In the first episode of the final series, Sophie speaks to Amy Junker-Heslip and Carola Del Mese, two members of the conservation team at Royal Pavilion & Museums. Amy and Carola share stories about some of delicate, painstaking and surprisingly … Continued

Episode 12: Rummaging Through Boxes

In the final episode of the series, Sophie goes behind the scenes with Dan Robertson, Curator of Local History and Archeology at Royal Pavilion & Museums. Dan’s seemingly infinite descriptions of Victorian Egyptologists, holy water sprinklers, German mausers, grid irons, … Continued

Episode 11: Queer Histories

In this episode, Sophie is joined by Robert White and Kelly Boddington, two early participants of the workforce development programme at Royal Pavilion & Museums, who spearheaded LGBTQ+ interpretation in its current form across the organisation. Kelly, who works by … Continued

Episode 10: Frogs & Formaldehyde

The Booth Museum of Natural History is a museum of Victorian taxidermy (notably of British birds), but also insects, fossils, bones and skeletons. On TripAdvisor it has been described as “a place of wonder, with a bit of terror thrown … Continued

Episode 9: Disrupting South Coast Colonialism

In this episode, Sophie is joined by Rachel Heminway-Hurst, Curator of World Art, and Edith Ojo, freelance Arts Consultant and advisor on the Fashioning Africa project. Rachel and Edith explain the history and culture behind Yoruba Aso-oke textiles from West … Continued

Episode 8: Life on the Frontline

Sophie meets some of the ‘walking encyclopaedias’ who work on the frontline at Royal Pavilion & Museums. Marcus Bagshaw, Sue Winkett, Clare Hartfield and Zak Flannery all work in the Visitor Services team across the organisation’s five sites. They provide … Continued

Episode 7: Workforce Development

In the first episode of Season 2, Sophie speaks to Nick Kay, Workforce Development Officer at Royal Pavilion & Museums. Launched in 2012, Royal Pavilion & Museums’ innovative workforce development programme is a unique example of an on-the-job museum training … Continued

Episode 6: Reframing South Coast Colonialism

In this episode, Sophie is joined by Dr Helen Mears, Keeper of World Art and Sarah Lee, Consultant and Advisor to Royal Pavilion & Museums as well as Co-Founder of Brighton and Hove Black History. Helen and Sarah discuss how … Continued

Episode 5: The Gardener

Robert Hill-Snook is Head Gardener of the Royal Pavilion gardens in the heart of Brighton, having been in post for almost 25 years. Sophie takes a stroll with Robert as he reflects on his working life in this Regency garden, … Continued

Episode 4: The Ghosts of Preston Manor

Preston Manor is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain. In this episode Sophie talks to Chris Drake (Development and Operations Manager at Preston Manor), Paula Wrightson (Venue Officer), Lavender Jones (long-standing volunteer) and David Beevers … Continued

Episode 3: War Stories

During the First World War, the Royal Pavilion was converted into a hospital for Indian soldiers, wounded on the battlefields of the Western Front. Jody East, Creative Programme Manager at Royal Pavilion & Museums, joins Sophie to discuss how RPM … Continued

Episode 2: The Keeper and the Boss

Janita Bagshawe, Head of Royal Pavilion & Museums, and David Beevers, Keeper of the Royal Pavilion, have between them over 70 years’ experience working for the museum service in Brighton and Hove. Sophie speaks to two members of the organisation’s … Continued

Episode 1: A Tiger in a Suitcase

In this first episode, Sophie joins Early Years Learning Officer Michael Olden and the skin of a Siberian Tiger named ‘Boris’ on an outing to Moulsecoomb Primary School, in the north east of Brighton. By following Michael on a day … Continued