The V&A Launches a Series of Free Podcasts

Wharfedale Isodynamic headphones, Rank Radio International Ltd., 1973. Museum no. CIRC.466-1973. @ Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonThe V&A has launched a fortnightly series of podcasts revealing the work that goes on behind the scenes of the world’s leading art and design museum. Topics range from the challenges of curating exhibitions about performance, to ways of preventing art theft.

Hosted by the V&A’s Head of Research, Glenn Adamson, each podcast lasts around 20 minutes and offers an in-depth discussion with experts from both inside and outside the Museum. The podcasts are free to download from the V&A’s website and iTunes U. The first three episodes in the series are available now:

Episode One: Curating Pop Music
Victoria Broackes, from the V&A’s Theatre and Performance department, and renowned music critic, Paul Morley discuss the possibilities and challenges of presenting rock and pop music in a museum setting.

Episode Two: Branding the Museum
Damien Whitmore, Director of Public Affairs and Programming at the V&A and Wally Olins, one of the world’s leading innovators in brand management demonstrate that brand is more than simply a logo. It is the personality and DNA of an organisation.

Episode Three: Preventing Art Theft
Vernon Rapley, Head of Security and Visitor Services at the V&A, and Andy Bliss, Chief Constable of the Hertfordshire Constabulary, reveal how museums work with the police to attempt to stop art theft.

Future podcasts available in the fortnightly series will cover topics such as:

  • building the V&A’s new exhibition galleries
  • how the V&A works with exhibition designers
  • curating contemporary fashion
  • engineering the museum
  • wayfinding graphics which help visitors navigate the V&A’s complex historic site plan
  • the way historians use the V&A’s collections
     

IMAGE: Wharfedale Isodynamic headphones, Rank Radio International Ltd., 1973. Museum no. CIRC.466-1973. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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