S12E08: Christmas Special

As we huddle up in a pew with Dr Sarah Turner we talk about Christmas in cathedrals, play a parlour game of Five Things, and make some predictions for the year ahead. Kloe talks to Beth Gillions about her time as a caretaker at Westminster Chapel in winter, and Todd Wright sings our rendition of ‘Silent Night’ for some extra feels. Also tune in for a review of ‘National Treasures: Saving the Nation’s Art in World War II’ from Jenny and a Dear Jane about pre-programme experience in the US. Happy holidays!

02:02 Uses of church spaces and collections around Christmas
08:59 Five Things parlour game
19:00 Annual predictions
24:19 Interview with Beth Gillions
32:27 Install Night (Christmas song)
34:22 Review: National Treasures
37:30 Dear Jane

Show Notes:
– Canterbury Cathedral: https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/
– Lambeth conference: https://www.lambethconference.org/
– Vestments: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestment
– Liturgical colours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liturgical_colours
– Jenny’s favourite Disney film: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunchback_of_Notre_Dame_(1996_film)
– Westminster Chapel: https://westminsterchapel.org.uk/
– More music by Todd Wright (our singer this year): https://open.spotify.com/artist/4774AfmqyBy6472bdgGD5F
– National Treasures by Caroline Shenton: https://www.carolineshenton.co.uk/book/national-treasures-saving-the-nations-art-in-world-war-ii/
– Example of online volunteering (in the UK): https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/get-involved/volunteering/volunteering-opportunities/remote-opportunities/
– Repair cafe movement: https://www.repaircafe.org/en/
– State of NC Internship Program: https://ncadmin.nc.gov/public/internship-program-2023


Install Night (vocals by Todd Wright, lyrics by Kloe Rumsey, Beth Gillions, and Morgan Fox)

Install night, loans done right
Objects in crates, snug and tight,
Weatherproof, padded with Plastazote foam,
Labelled sections in temporary homes
Acclimate them for install
Acclimate them for install

Install night, gloves in sight
Forms laid out on which couriers will write,
No change occurred on the journey here
Loan reports for take-down next year
Per diem and a budget meal
Per diem and a budget meal


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Hosted by Jenny Mathiasson, Kloe Rumsey, and Dr Sarah Turner.

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

Made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

A Wooden Dice production, 2022.

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