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In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy are having a birthday party! Guests from the D&H Canal Museum in New York, the International Printing Museum in Carson, CA and the Kirklees Museum Service in West Yorkshire, UK join us to share some of their favourite items on the show. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thingsinjarspodcast)…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy chat with the incomparable Liv Albert, host of the 'Let's Talk About Myths, Baby!' Greek Mythology podcast. Join us for a whole bunch of ca-razy tales from Greek mythology, an impassioned defence of Medusa, and a bespoke Mini Myth with an appropriate jars theme! Support the show (https://www.patreo…
 
In this VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY EPISODE, curators Melissa and Poppy chat to object conservators Jenny and Kloe from 'The C Word Podcast'. Have they uncovered any secrets through working closely with museum artefacts? What's the most surprising thing about being a conservator? What would you do if a visitor threw up on an eighteenth century sofa? Jenn…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy celebrate birthdays through the ages. We reveal how Dorothy Wordsworth spent her 83rd birthday, explore early photographs of the mysterious 'Birthday Group' from the National Museum of Wales, and marvel over the story of two lovers from Whitby, who were born, wed and died on the same day. Also, sta…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy consider some curious coffins from museum collections. Tune in to hear about the corpse road of Grasmere, Charlotte Bronte's prized possession, and the unbelievable art of cobweb painting! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thingsinjarspodcast)…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy head below stairs for the inside scoop on servants' stories. We explore the highs and lows of domestic service through letters, uncover a murder most foul in the Cambridge University Library collection, and delight in the devious pranks played by a maid on her unsuspecting mistress... We also revea…
 
This week, curators Melissa and Poppy make themselves at home in a delightful selection of dollhouses from museum collections. We take a tour of Colleen Moore's enchanting fairy castle, return to baby houses with Dorothy Wordsworth, and hear how Beatrix Potter fell in love with the help of a tiny home. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thin…
 
In this episode, curators Melissa and Poppy rifle through people's private journals! Yay! Tune in for the joyful record of a literary family's holiday adventures, the, erm, *unusual* goings-on between a Victorian maid and her dirt-fetishising master, and the account that stayed frozen in time, shedding light on one of history's most enduring myster…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy step through the looking glass and enter the world of museum mirrors. Listen in to find out about John Dee's magical 'shew-stone', and to learn what inspired the Brothers Grimm to come up with most famous fairytale question in the land... Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thingsinjarspodcas…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy are on the prowl for cat-themed collections! We explore the glorious Kattenkabinet Museum in Amsterdam, founded in honour of a much-loved pet, and marvel at Robert Southey's Cat-a-logue of kitties at Greta Hall. We also shed a small tear for Judith Kerr's Mog, who inspired the children's stories we…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy are on the hunt for the very best of April fools! We bring you tales of mischief and mayhem from seventeenth-century pranksters, explore the drowned villages of Armboth and Wythburn, and discover a mysterious lion-washing ceremony at the Tower of London... Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/…
 
This week, we're lifting the lid on some haunted crypts to bring you stories of ghosts in museum collections! Tune in for the legend of King Dunmail and his ghostly army, find out if we would hang Franz Sedlacek's 'Ghosts in a Tree' in our living rooms, and to hear the woeful tale of how poor Mary's eternal slumber was rather rudely disturbed... As…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy celebrate Mother's Day with a host of mama-centric museum objects. We'll be sharing the tale of the woman who started it all, and highlighting some unconventional mother figures along the way. This week's Item Spotlight is not one to miss! Join us on a tour of the Open Country of a Woman's Heart...…
 
This week we're celebrating International Women's Day by sharing the lives of some AMAZING women you may have never heard of... We explore the lives of: Emma Hutchinson, a self-taught butterfly expert; Mary Barker, the elusive Lady Whistledown of the Wordsworth Circle; Emily Williamson, the best gal a feathered friend could ask for; and Evatima Tar…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy embark on an intergalactic mission for the coolest space-themed artefacts museums have to offer! We discover artworks rocketed into outer space, learn about the first ever British astronaut, Helen Sharman, and marvel at the astonishing amount of (literal) crap astronauts have left on the moon. And …
 
This week we are living for the DRAMA as we uncover juicy secrets, scandals and lies from museum archives! Tune in to find out about Wordsworth's lady love across the channel, the journal page someone DEFINITELY didn't want you to see, and the girl at the centre of the wildest love triangle you could ever imagine... Thanks for listening! We post ne…
 
We're back! In this, our comeback episode, curators Melissa and Poppy rifle through museum stores for the very best of Valentines collections. We uncover the disturbing world of Brighton Museum's Vinegar Valentines, take a peek at some of Wordsworth Grasmere's spicier letters, and dredge up something HAIRY from York Castle Museum. And for this week…
 
In this special New Year's Eve episode, we take a look back at the last six months of Things in Jars! We talk about how the podcast came to be, the highs and lows of our journey so far, and our favourite episodes to date. We also share a snippet of our VERY FIRST attempt at recording an episode (just so you can see how far we've come) AND a fun blo…
 
Christmas has come around, and we're ushering in the most wonderful time of year with some seasonal stories from museum collections. In part two of our festive special, we marvel over the contents of Queen Mary's incredible doll's house, discover props from a Tim Burton Christmas classic, and visit the Aluminium Tree and Aesthetically Challenged Or…
 
Christmas has come around, and we're ushering in the most wonderful time of year with some seasonal stories from museum collections. In part one of our two-part festive special, we learn how the Wordsworths made merry in Dove Cottage over the years, and hear stories of Saint Nicholas's evil companion... the Krampus! Thanks for listening! We post ne…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy ransack museum wardrobes for weird and wonderful items of clothing! We'll be learning about an incredible costume made from naturally-shed beetle wings, the 'terrible' knitters of Dent, and how one resourceful mother turned an old corset into a child's plaything. Thanks for listening! We post new e…
 
Ok – so you've got an interview at a museum/heritage site and you're wondering what to expect? Let us help you prepare! In this episode, curators Melissa and Poppy share tips and advice for how you can do your best in curatorial/heritage job interview. If you are an emerging/early career museum professional, then listen in... we've got you covered.…
 
Ever looked at something and wondered: is there is a museum for that? If this week's theme has taught us anything, there probably is! Join us as we delve into the world of NICHE museums on a quest to find extremely specific collections. From a cave wall lined with the hair of 16,000 women, to the expansive wardrobe of a peeing statue in Brussels...…
 
In this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy explore foods in museum collections. We share some of our favourite letters from the Wordsworth collection, which warn of the dire consequences of eating sausages too heartily, and marvel over a WW1 biscuit that survived a trip with the Royal Mail. We have new MERCH! Find it here! https://thingsinj…
 
To mark Remembrance Day this week, curators Melissa and Poppy explore artefacts of war-time through the years. We talk about the lasting memorial to Grasmere resident Nellie Taylor, learn more about the National Museums' contributions to the war effort, and explore the journals written by Siegfried Sassoon whilst living in the trenches. Find us: In…
 
It's Bonfire Night, and in this week's episode, curators Melissa and Poppy are going out with a bang! We'll be exploring the origins of this explosive holiday through items that tell the story of the Gunpowder Plot. Thanks for listening! Find us: Instagram @ThingsinJarsPodcast // Twitter @ThingsinJarsPod Merch: https://thingsinjars.threadless.com W…
 
[TW: loud scream during intro music! Be careful listening through headphones!] Welcome to Things in Jars After Dark! In this bonus five-part series, museum curators Melissa and Poppy celebrate their love of all things spooky, scary and spine-chilling with the help of some very special guests… In this, our last (*sob*) After Dark episode, we chatted…
 
Halloween is here! This week curators Melissa and Poppy take a tour of museum collections to find the best artefacts that celebrate the spooky season. We hear the ghostly tale of the Old Hall Dobby, appreciate some dancing skeletons, and discover the origins of the ultimate symbol of Halloween itself... the Jack-o-Lantern! And if you're already loo…
 
[TW: loud scream during intro music! Be careful listening through headphones!] Welcome to Things in Jars After Dark! In this bonus five-part series, museum curators Melissa and Poppy celebrate their love of all things spooky, scary and spine-chilling with the help of some very special guests… This week, we sat down with Lead Paranormal Investigator…
 
This week, curators Melissa and Poppy charter a course across the high seas of museum artefacts to hunt for weird treasures. We tell the sensational stories of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, two gals who made their names as some of the most notorious pirates to ever set sail. And for this week's item spotlight, we tell the story of a canine hero who hel…
 
[TW: loud scream during intro music! Be careful listening through headphones!] Welcome to Things in Jars After Dark! In this bonus five-part series, museum curators Melissa and Poppy celebrate their love of all things spooky, scary and spine-chilling with the help of some very special guests… This week, we're heading to the wilds of Bodmin Moor to …
 
In this episode, curators Melissa and Poppy explore fakes and forgeries in museum collections. We take a look at the life and suicide of a famous forger, and go hunting for fairies around Bradford in Yorkshire. Thanks for listening! Find us: Instagram @ThingsinJarsPodcast // Twitter @ThingsinJarsPod Merch: https://thingsinjars.threadless.com We're …
 
[TW: loud scream during intro music! Be careful listening through headphones!] Welcome to Things in Jars After Dark! In this bonus five-part series, museum curators Melissa and Poppy celebrate their love of all things spooky, scary and spine-chilling with the help of some very special guests… This week, we're heading to Bolling Hall – supposedly on…
 
This week, curators Melissa and Poppy take a look at the lives of royals through the ages. We explore the legend of the secret Lakeland Princess, the shocking final moments of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and the terrible disturbance of Catherine Parr’s final resting place. And for this week’s item spotlight, we learn about the wicked ways of witc…
 
[TW: loud scream during intro music! Be careful listening through headphones!] Welcome to Things in Jars After Dark! In this bonus five-part series, museum curators Melissa and Poppy celebrate their love of all things spooky, scary and spine-chilling with the help of some very special guests… We’re kicking things off with the wonderful ladies from …
 
In this second instalment of our POISONOUS collections episode, curators Melissa and Poppy serve up yet more deadly tales from museum stores. We'll be sharing the gruesome fate of Mary Ann Cotton and her teapot of doom, and puzzling over the curious case of a murder most foul... Pour yourself a cup of arsenic tea and settle in! Thanks for listening…
 
In this first instalment of a two-part episode about POISONOUS collections, curators Melissa and Poppy have an existential crisis about killer substances in museum stores. Deadly wallpapers, dresses that kill, and the teapot that murdered upwards of 21 people - this episode has it all! It's not all doom and gloom, however. Pack your bucket and spad…
 
It's international Ask a Curator Day 2020! To celebrate, we asked for your questions all about being a museum curator, and in this week's episode we will answer! Tune in to find out if we have ever worked with dangerous objects, what we would change about the sector, and to hear about some museum objects with ridiculous backstories! And for this we…
 
Move aside, Spiderman! This week, we'll be exploring the fascinating history of Tarantism – a peculiar phenomena involving spider bites & dancing plagues! We'll also be discussing the tragic story of Wallace Hartley's violin, which brought calm and comfort to so many during the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Thanks for listening! We post new episo…
 
In this episode, curators Melissa and Poppy take you on a trip down memory lane as they explore artefacts with connections to children's literature. Join us on a whirlwind adventure through the realms of fantasy! There’ll be magical castles, Lonely Mountains, dragons, hobbits, and... Roald Dahl’s hip bone?! And if you're planning a great escape, yo…
 
It is a truth universally acknowledged that job applications are the WORST – but we're here to make it a little more bearable! In this episode, curators Melissa and Poppy share their top tips for how to make your curatorial/heritage job application stand out from the crowd. If you are an emerging/early career museum professional, then listen in... …
 
Pack your bags, because we're running away with the circus in this week's episode! Join curators Melissa and Poppy on a whirlwind adventure beneath the Big Top, as we discover the incredible talents of Charlotte Shive and Katie Sandwina - two of the Barnum and Bailey Circus's star performers - through the artefacts they left behind. There'll be gli…
 
In this episode, curators Melissa and Poppy explore museum artefacts with links to crime. Tune in to discover the remarkable story of Anne Greene, a seventeenth-century scullery maid who miraculously survived her own execution, and to find out how three friends in Alcatraz pulled off one of the most ambitious prison breaks of all time! This week's …
 
In this episode, curators Melissa and Poppy go on the hunt for monsters in museum collections! We'll tell you tales of two creatures born from one fateful night's ghost story contest, fantastic beasts from fathoms below, and a ghost ship gambler with a penchant for sailors' souls. Grab your torches, pitchforks, stakes, silver bullets and whatever e…
 
In this episode, curators Melissa and Poppy give you a glimpse into their world of curating museum collections. We'll be talking about what we actually do on an average day (sadly yes, emails are involved), sharing the most fun parts of our jobs, and answering some of your questions about how we came to be curators. As for this week's item spotligh…
 
In this episode, curators Melissa and Poppy discuss some incredible medical artefacts from around the world. We'll be taking a look at some ACTUAL things in jars (most notably, the thorax of a famous assassin!), discussing the pleasures and pains of opium addiction in the 19th century, and sharing a letter from our own collection that describes a r…
 
In this episode (part two of two), curators Melissa and Poppy continue their exploration of poignant stories from museum collections. We'll be picking up our discussion of artefacts and exhibitions that have moved us (and our museum’s visitors) deeply: from the small, unassuming tokens that symbolised the lasting bond between a separated mother and…
 
In this episode (part one of two), curators Melissa and Poppy explore poignant stories from museum collections. We'll be discussing artefacts that tell tales of loss, grief and heartbreak: from shipwrecked oddments, devastating letters and a book that captures the final moments of one of history's greatest love stories. Tune in to discover which it…
 
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