Season One – Hosted by Glenn Adamson: These V&A podcasts reveal the work that goes on behind the scenes of the world's leading art and design museum. Topics will range from the challenges of curating exhibitions about performance, to ways of preventing art theft. Hosted by Glenn Adamson, each podcast offers an in-depth discussion with experts from both inside and outside the Museum.
V&A Podcast - Women Artists
Dr Katie Tyreman, a fellow in research and cultural engagement at the V&A and University of York, and Professor Deborah Cherry, the Associate Dean of Research at London College of Communication, talk about women artists in the nineteenth century. Joining them to offer a contemporary perspective is artist Rebecca Salter. Together with host Glenn Adamson they consider the important role that women played in Victorian art, and how the context for women artists has developed over time.
V&A Podcast - Security & Visitor Services
Vernon Rapley, Head of Security and Visitor Services at the V&A, discusses the importance of balancing the need for security with the quality of visitor experience at museums and galleries. He is joined by Adrian Jackson, who holds the same role at the National Portrait Gallery. Together with Glenn Adamson, they consider how the role of the gallery warder or assistant has changed over time and the crucial impact of their interaction with the public.
V&A Podcast - Way Finding
The V&A can often be a challenge for visitors to navigate their way to the galleries and exhibitions they wish to see. It has seven miles of gallery space, and seven floors. Way Finding - the combination of signage, the museum map, and front of house staff - are all essential to help visitors enjoy their experience at the V&A. In this episode, graphic designers Lucy Holmes and Alex Wood, guide listeners through Way Finding at the V&A, together with the Museum's Glenn Adamson and Moira Gemmill.
V&A Podcast - Library Crime
The world-class collections of the British Library and the National Art Library at the V&A are both freely available to the public here in London. Unfortunately, with this accessibility comes a risk of theft and damage to the material in these institutions. Library crime is a serious issue that Judith Butler, Collections Risk Coordinator at the British Library, and Vernon Rapley, Head of Visitor and Security Services at the V&A, discuss in this episode. Preventing books from being removed from the library is only part of the problem as we also discover cases of criminals planting objects within the collections.
V&A Podcast - Museum Collections as Historical Evidence
Museum Collections provide a wealth of information about the past. Using objects as historical evidence prompts us to ask new questions of the past, which can shed light on cultural, economic, political and social history. Evelyn Welch, a trustee of the V&A and Professor or Renaissance Studies at Kings College London joins Giorgio Riello, Professor in Global History at the University of Warwick, to discuss objects as historical evidence and the surprising discoveries that can result from this method of research.
V&A Podcast - Framing
Housed in the V&A are thousands of frames of all shapes, sizes and types. The importance of a frame to present and protect an object should not be overlooked. In this episode, Robert Lambeth, head of technical services at the V&A, discusses the processes involved in making sure objects are looked after at the museum when on display. He is joined by Matt Jones of John Jones Framers; a London based family business with decades of expertise in framing to a high standard both from a conservation and aesthetic perspective.