S01E09: Museum Pi

In this episode we talk about how the Raspberry Pi can be used in museums – and by conservators in particular! Jenny and Christina share their experiences and favourite examples from museums, plus a couple of ideas for listeners to explore. We talk to Mark Kearney about using a Pi for time-lapses in the V&A conservation department, plus we have a chat with Alex Bate and George Oates about the Museum in a Box project. Pi, anyone?

00:00:29 News in brief (mostly giggles)
00:04:59 Eating in the galleries… and what kind of pie this isn’t!
00:06:04 What is the Raspberry Pi and what is it for?
00:12:24 Why should museums care about the Pi?
00:13:46 Christina’s touchscreen project
00:19:31 Example: Museum of London, retro video games, and the Pi
00:23:12 Example: Macclesfield Silk Museum and Pi punch cards
00:24:47 Idea: Bluetooth beacons, audio tours, and a Pi
00:26:38 Idea: Environmental monitoring with a Pi
00:30:11 Interview with Mark Kearny from UCL
00:45:27 Could we do Pi training or workshops for museum professionals?
00:48:47 Interview with Alex Bate from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and George Oates from Museum in a Box
01:20:27 Comments, questions, and corrections

Show Notes:

– Come support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thecword
– New paint colours invented by neural network: http://lewisandquark.tumblr.com/post/160776374467/new-paint-colors-invented-by-neural-network
– What is the Raspberry Pi? https://vimeo.com/90103691
– Reddit’s /r/museumpros: https://www.reddit.com/r/MuseumPros
– Reddit’s /r/raspberry_pi: https://www.reddit.com/r/raspberry_pi
– Pi Presents: https://pipresents.wordpress.com/
– Museum of London’s ’London in Video Games’ exhibition: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/london-video-games
– RetroPie: https://retropie.org.uk/
– Macclesfield Silk Museum: https://macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk/
– Mark’s time-lapse project: http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/conservation-blog/mini-post-no-7-using-a-raspberry-pi-to-watch-a-handbag-decay and http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/conservation-blog/raspberry-pi-project-1st-video
– SHARE Museums East Network: http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/
– Raspberry Pi Foundation: https://www.raspberrypi.org/
– Museum in a Box: http://museuminabox.org/

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Hosted by Jenny Mathiasson, Kloe Rumsey, and Christina Rozeik.

Intro and outro music by DDmyzik used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

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A Wooden Dice production, 2017.

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