S07E02: Frightful Beasts and Where to Find Them

We sneak a peek in the blunder traps with special guest host Jane Thompson-Webb as we explore the topic of insect pests in and around collections and the sticky world of integrated pest management (IPM). Tune in for some fantastic listener contributions about pest encounters, an interview about the Emergency Conservators Network, and a new feature — the Benchwork Bar!

00:01:41 What are our dealings with insect pests?
00:10:30 What do you do with the data, anyway?
00:20:58 Horror stories (aka Jenny’s therapy session)
00:26:59 Contributions from listeners
00:41:07 To squish or not to squish?
00:44:25 What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever found in a trap?
00:45:46 Treatment options
00:53:36 More resources
01:04:13 Interview with Abigail Bainbridge
01:10:00 Benchwork Bar: The Carpet Beetle

Show Notes:
– What’s Eating Your Collection: http://www.whatseatingyourcollection.com/
– English Heritage pest ID poster: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/siteassets/home/learn/conservation/science/serpentine/insect-pests-historic-houses-poster.pdf
– Accompanying pest monitoring tools from English Heritage: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/learn/conservation/collections-advice-and-guidance/
– ‘Trends in effective communication of integrated pest management data’ by Jane Henderson, Christian Baars, and Sally Elizabeth Hopkins: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319625017_Trends_in_effective_communication_of_integrated_pest_management_data
– ‘Novel ways of communicating museum pest monitoring data: practical implementation’ by Christian Baars and Jane Henderson: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/129741/
– ‘Standardizing and communicating IPM data’ by Jane Henderson, Christian Baars, and Sally Elizabeth Hopkins: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/129738/
– Food episode: https://thecword.show/2017/11/29/s02e08-food/
– Kloe’s pro tip litter pickers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=litter+picker&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
– Museum Pests: https://museumpests.net/
– Conference procedures from IPM for Cultural Heritage 2019: https://www.raa.se/samhallsutveckling/riskhantering-och-katastrofberedskap/amnesomraden/skadedjur-och-mogel/integrated-pest-management-for-cultural-heritage-ipm-2019/
– Pests in Houses Great and Small: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pests-Houses-Great-Small-Identification/dp/1910907243
– Help the Emergency Conservators Network stitch for the NHS: https://icon.org.uk/news/icon-member-and-bpg-chair-abigail-bainbridge-acr-stitching-for-the-nhs
– Emergency Design Network fundraising page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-designer-network
– Go follow Amanda Richards for more conservation cocktails: https://twitter.com/ConserveItAll

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S07E01: Working From Home

Join us for a WFH special as we consider the joys and challenges of working remotely: with Kloe furloughed and Jenny working from home it’s a strange time to be a conservator. We also ask West Dean College and Cardiff University about switching to remote teaching and what this means for students. Finally, tune in for a Dear Jane about hobby conservation and some armchair travel as Jenny takes us to Herculaneum for a book review!

00:02:44 News in very, very brief
00:04:41 What’s our situation?
00:19:25 So what can conservators do from home?
00:25:16 WFH tips and Dress Up Fridays
00:37:48 What are the universities doing?
00:58:41 Review: ’Herculaneum and the House of the Bicentenary – History and Heritage’
01:03:15 Dear Jane

Show Notes:
– Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/30/van-gogh-painting-stolen-from-dutch-museum
– Furlough definition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furlough
– How to make the most of online meetings: https://icon.org.uk/news/icons-top-tips-for-remote-meetings
– 15 Ideas for Conservators at Home: https://icon.org.uk/news/icon-trustee-pierrette-squires-acr-15-ideas-for-conservators-at-home
– News in Conservation article on portfolios: https://www.iiconservation.org/content/news-conservation-issue-77-april-may-2020
– Museum & Heritage Workers (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/IMWD2030
– Dr. Mariana Di Giacomo (Twitter): https://twitter.com/MarianaDGiacomo
– Herculaneum and the House of the Bicentenary – History and Heritage: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Herculaneum-House-Bicentenary-Heritage-Conservation/dp/1606066285

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Bonus Episode: The Pandemic Special

Pandemic Special: Jenny and Kloe have a chat about the impact of the Coronavirus on the heritage sector but also share some sunshine stories from across the world. Escape to Brussels with Kloe as she fetches a museum object that’s been on display (and spots inaccurate PPE usage on her pre-pandemic journey), and tune in for a quick book review with Jenny. Stay safe, folks!

04:41 Impact on the heritage sector
18:05 Perspective shifts
23:39 Bewildering PPE use
26:35 Museum donations and Jenny’s guilt
28:21 Bits of sunshine
31:28 Kloe’s courier trip to Brussels
39:40 Review: The Care and Keeping of Museum Professionals
42:00 Thanks to our transcription volunteers!

Show Notes
– Conservators donate PPE to hospitals: https://icon.org.uk/news/icon-member-and-bpg-chair-abigail-bainbridge-conservators-and-their-institutions-donate-ppe-to
– Arts Council England emergency funding: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/24/arts-council-england-promises-160m-to-buoy-public-during-lockdown
– Germany’s culture funding package: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/german-bailout-50-billion-1815396
– Culture in Quarantine: https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/bbc-culture-in-quarantine-margaret-atwood-a4398226.html
– #MuseumFromHome on Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MuseumFromHome&src=typed_query
– #ConservatorsAtHome on Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ConservatorsAtHome&src=typed_query
– Icon Book & Paper Group webinars: https://icon.org.uk/groups/book-paper/conservation-together-at-home-webinar-series
– Icon Covid-19 Guidance: https://icon.org.uk/icon-resources/covid-19-guidance
– AIC Collections Care Amid Covid-19 Guidance: https://www.culturalheritage.org/resources/emergencies/collections-care-amid-covid-19
– Coronavirus update from The National Archives: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/our-archives-sector-role/coronavirus-update/
– Our wellbeing episode: https://thecword.show/2018/05/02/s03e04-looking-after-your-conservator/
– The Care and Keeping of Museum Professionals: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Care-Keeping-Museum-Professionals-ebook/dp/B07QN7Q958/

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S06E08: Christmas Special

Ho ho ho! Join us for a seasonal special: we review our predictions for 2019 and make some new ones for 2020, listen to a conservation version of Santa Baby, and play a parlour game we only just barely manage! Also tune in for some cracker action, a Christmas message from the Career in Ruins podcast, and an unexpected foray into wizardry as we consider the conservation Hogwarts houses.

00:00:36 Are we the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future?
00:01:28 Predictions for the year gone by – and the one to come!
00:13:53 What would go in a conservation Christmas tree?
00:17:05 Parlour game of the year – The Object on My Workbench Is…
00:32:27 Opening gifts from Christina
00:34:28 Opening our Christmas crackers
00:38:25 Review of Evolon cracker goodies
00:48:23 Christmas greetings from Career in Ruins
00:53:39 The Hogwarts Conservation Houses
01:00:55 Hurry Down the Chimney Tonight

Show Notes:
– Christina’s publishing course in February 2020: https://icon.org.uk/events/publishing-in-conservation-0
– Repatriation story from Manchester: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/20/manchester-museum-returns-stolen-sacred-artefacts-to-australians
– Repatriation story from Cambridge: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-50578780
– Flooding in north England: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_England_floods
– Fires in Australia and USA: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/22/australia-bushfires-factcheck-are-this-years-fires-unprecedented and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_California_wildfires
– Thefts from German museums: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/days-after-brazen-green-vault-heist-another-german-museum-targeted-thieves-180973698/
– Zabbaleen cards: https://zabbaleenproducts.com/
– James Baillie, our resident joke writer: https://twitter.com/JubalBarca
– Conservation by Design: http://www.cxdinternational.com/
– Conservation Resources: https://conservation-resources.co.uk/
– Career in Ruins podcast: https://careerinruins.com/
– Wizarding World (Pottermore): https://www.wizardingworld.com/
– Another Hogwarts Houses type quiz: https://wizardmore.com/sorting-hat-x/
– Follow our singer Desislava Zlateva: https://www.youtube.com/user/DesislavaZlateva/videos and https://www.instagram.com/desislavazlateva/

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Hurry Down the Chimney Tonight (text by Kloe Rumsey, Benjamin Fox, and Jenny Mathiasson; vocals by Desislava Zlateva)

Funding bodies, slip a table under the tree for me
Been working so hard
Funding bodies, so hurry down the chimney tonight
Funding bodies, Paraloid B72, as well
I’ll wait up for you all
Funding bodies, so hurry down the chimney tonight
Think of all the things I’ve fixed
Think of all those pastes that I have mixed
Next year I’ll be just as good
If you check off my Christmas list
Funding bodies, I want some CPD and that’s not a lot
Been so patient all year
Funding bodies, please hurry down the chimney tonight

Budget holders, one little thing I really need, some books
To inform me all year
Budget holders, so hurry down the chimney tonight
Budget holders, fill my stocking with an AmEx and cheques
Let’s get permission to spend
Budget holders, hurry down the chimney tonight
Come and stock my lab for me
With some paper stocks that are acid free
I really do believe you could
Keep us going if you would
Budget holders, forgot to mention one little thing, packing
Crates for all those loans
Budget holders, so hurry down the chimney tonight
Hurry down the chimney tonight
Hurry… Tonight

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S06E07: Side Hustle

We take a look at some of the many ways in which conservators earn money on the side (and the reasons we might do so): Kloe talks about her bellydancing, Jenny shares her experiences of temping and gig economy freelancing, and Christina shares some career wisdom. Also tune in for some brilliant listener contributions, and a Dear Jane about taking a job that isn’t perfect.

00:01:16 News in brief
00:06:09 What do we mean by side hustle?
00:12:35 Stories from listeners
00:22:15 Owning your side hustle
00:33:58 Message from Christina
00:51:30 More listener stories
00:53:05 Dear Jane

Show Notes:
– Culture in Crisis: https://cultureincrisis.org/
– #IconTC 2019 breaks new records: https://icon.org.uk/news/icontc-2019-breaks-new-records
– New Museum School trainees graduate: https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/04122019-New-Museum-School-celebrates-second-year-of-trainees
– Rare Charlotte Bronte book coming home: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50458343
– Geffrye to reopen as Museum of the Home after £18m overhaul: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/27/geffrye-to-reopen-as-museum-of-the-home-after-18m-overhaul
– Louvre begins to migrate 250,000 artworks to archives at new conservation centre: https://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/news/louvre-begins-to-migrate-250000-artworks-to-archives-at-new-conservation-centre/
– Definition of side hustle: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/side-hustle
– Common examples of side hustles: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/293954
– Tax-free allowances on property and trading income: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tax-free-allowances-on-property-and-trading-income
– A friendlier version of the information above: https://www.taxadvisermagazine.com/article/little-boost

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S06E06: Knowing Not To

We’re getting philosophical as we try to figure out when conservators choose NOT to do something. What influences our decisions? When can we say no? Also tune in for an interview with Jonathan Ashley-Smith about uncertainty and ethics, and a Dear Jane about internships.

00:00:40 What are some of the reasons we don’t do something?
00:20:27 Good intentions and self-belief
00:27:30 Interview with Jonathan Ashley-Smith
00:56:27 Do ethics guide or get in the way?
01:07:06 What makes something a priority?
01:11:41 Palliative care for objects
01:14:08 Dear Jane
01:18:04 Patreon shout out

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S06E05: Thinking Big

We don some hard hats and crane our necks as we talk large objects with special guest host Simon Stephens: from machinery and figureheads to tanks and planes. What are some of the unique challenges associated with really big stuff? Also tune in for a special tour of the Science Museum store at Wroughton, a Dear Jane about what to see in Florence, and a review of ’The Conservation of Sculpture Parks.’

00:00:48 What counts as ’big stuff’ exactly?
00:06:01 Taking stuff apart, hazards, and other considerations
00:16:30 Swapping the B72 for epoxy
00:18:42 Displaying and moving oversize museum collections
00:33:09 Behind the scenes tour with Simon and Kloe
00:57:33 Guidance and resources
00:59:09 Monuments, sites, and buildings
01:01:04 Review: ’The Conservation of Sculpture Parks’
01:06:07 Dear Jane
01:12:14 Comments, questions and corrections: two announcements and a correction

Show Notes:
– Science Museum Group: https://www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/
– Imperial War Museums: https://www.iwm.org.uk
– National Museum of Flight: https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-flight/
– Make It Float event: http://www.sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/event/east-anglian-conservators-forum-event-make-it-float/
– Figureheads mentioned in Icon News originally: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/14/restored-19th-century-ships-figureheads-to-go-on-display-in-plymouth
– Martinspeed: https://www.martinspeed.com/
– Whale skeleton at Tullie House Museum: http://www.natural-history-conservation.com/CarlisleFinWhaleSkeleton.htm
– Dippy on Tour: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/dippy-on-tour.html
– Cars Europe: https://www.carseurope.net/
– Science Museum at Wroughton: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_Museum_at_Wroughton
– Crofton Beam Engines: https://www.croftonbeamengines.org/
– Big Stuff conference: https://bigstuff.omeka.net/
– Museums & Galleries Commission ‘Standards in the Museum Care of Larger & Working Objects’ from 1994: https://www.swfed.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Stds_for_larger_objects000075_1.pdf
– ABTEM’s Guidelines for the Care of Larger & Working Historic Objects: https://abtemguidelinesorg.wordpress.com/
– ’Corsair KD431: Preserving the Time Capsule Fighter Revisited’ by David Morris: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-KD431-Preserving-Capsule-Revisited/dp/0750990414
– The Hill House: https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/the-hill-house
– The Conservation of Sculpture Parks: https://archetype.co.uk/our-titles/the-conservation-of-sculpture-parks/?id=262
– Icon Book & Paper Group’s Frederick Bearman Research Grant: https://icon.org.uk/groups/book-paper/fred-bearman-research-grant
– Help get the CAC Reconciliation Working Group off the ground: https://www.gofundme.com/f/art-conservators-for-truth-and-reconciliation

Additional Resources from Simon:
– Andrew, Patricia’ Ball, Stephen, and Winsor, Peter (2009) Larger & Working Objects: A Guide to Standards in their Preservation and Care (London: Collections Trust). Available from collectionstrust.org.uk
– Ball, Stephen and Winsor, Peter ed. (1997) Larger & Working Objects: A guide to their preservation and care (London: Museums and Galleries Commission). Available from collectionstrust.org.uk
– British Aviation Preservation Council. Stopping the Rot. Conference Proceedings on the Conservation of Aviation Collections. Available from bapc.org.uk
– Dollery, Diane and Henderson, Jane, eds. (1999) Industrial collections: care and conservation. [Industrial Collections: Care and Conservation]. Cardiff: Council of Museums in Wales and United Kingdom Institute for Conservation. Available from orca.cf.ac.uk
– Mitchell, J. S. (2014) Collection, Curatorship and Conservation of Large Objects, STICK, Industrial Museums Scotland. Available from stickssn.org
– Meehan, Peter (2001) Management of Large Objects at the Science Museum, Wroughton (V&A Conservation Journal Spring 2001 Issue 37). Available from vam.ac.uk
– Mikesh, R. C. (1990) Preserving unsheltered exhibit aircraft. Transport Museums: Yearbook of the International Association of Transport Museums, p. 45
– Prytulak, George (1991) The Treatment of Rusted Machinery in Preparation for Surface Coating. J.IIC-CG VOLUME 16. Available from cac-accr.ca

Jane’s Florentine Links (with special thanks to Fiona Macalister and Barbara Cattaneo)
– Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze: https://www.bncf.firenze.sbn.it/
– The Cimabue Crucifix: https://florenceinwarandflood.wordpress.com/works-in-exhibition-the-flood/crucifix-cimabue/
– Florence Flood Video: http://www.florence-flood.com/audio-video/
– Italy and the History of Preventive Conservation’ by Simon Lambert: https://journals.openedition.org/ceroart/1707
– The Florence Flood and the Emergence of Library Conservation: http://blog.nyhistory.org/lab-notes-the-florence-flood-and-the-emergence-of-library-conservation/
– The Genesis of Modern Conservation: https://icon.org.uk/news/the-genesis-of-modern-conservation-the-florence-flood-revisited
– Opificio delle Pietre Dure: https://www.visitflorence.com/florence-museums/opificio-delle-pietre-dure.html
– 1968 documentary ’The Restoration of Books’ from Florence: https://youtu.be/Ip6698z_QmY
– Gabinetto Vieusseux: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabinetto_Vieusseux

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S06E04: Diversity

Join us for an episode all about diversity: guest host Aly Singh shares her own experiences while Jenny wrestles with class and Kloe tries to find practical solutions. We talk to Hannah Cobb about the CIfA Equality & Diversity Group, to Sam Evans about class in the museum workforce, and to Michelle McGrath and Kathleen Lawther about Museum As Muck. Also tune in for a Dear Jane clarifying calibration quandaries and a special give away announcement!

00:02:15 Data sources and acronyms  
00:08:16 We get fighty about class
00:15:26 Aly’s experiences
00:21:05 Let’s have fair labour practices, guys
00:26:38 Making people feel safe
00:35:20 Are apprenticeships the solution?
00:42:39 Interview with Hannah Cobb
00:56:30 Broadening our own horizons
01:01:00 Interview with Sam Evans
01:15:38 Interview with Museum as Muck
01:23:46 Dear Jane
01:28:16 Special announcement!
01:29:13 Patreon shout out

Show Notes:
– Bonus episode mentioned: https://thecword.show/2019/03/01/bonus-episode-diversity-discussion-panel/
– Icon’s Sustainable Workforce Research Toolkit project: https://icon.org.uk/about-us/icon-policy-and-advocacy/sustainable-workforce-research-toolkit-project 
– Aly’s tweet showing a slide on AIC membership stats: https://twitter.com/alysingh/status/1139194296752660480
– The original ’UK Conservators as 100 People’ graphic: https://www.facebook.com/thecwordpodcast/photos/a.1135904649872719/1135944579868726/
– Fair Museum Jobs: https://fairmuseumjobs.wordpress.com/
– Apprenticeship update: https://icon.org.uk/news/icons-impact-apprenticeships-for-the-conservation-sector 
– Young Canada Works: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works.html 
– Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works/students-graduates/careers-heritage-graduates.html 
– Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Equality and Diversity Group: https://www.archaeologists.net/equality-and-diversity-group and https://equalityanddiversitygroup.wordpress.com/
– Digging Diversity: https://hannahcobbarchaeology.wordpress.com/digging-diversity-2/
– Profiling the Profession: https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/profiling_2014/index.cfm
– Prospect Union: https://prospect.org.uk 
– Enabled Archaeology Foundation: https://enabledarchaeologyfoundation.org 
– Archaeowomen: https://archaeowomen.wordpress.com/
– Follow Hannah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArchaeoCobb
– Follow CIfA E&D Group on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CIfA_Equality
– Media Indigena Podcast: https://mediaindigena.com/podcast/
– All My Relations Podcast: https://www.allmyrelationspodcast.com 
– ‘White Fragility’ by Robin DiAngelo: https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Fragility-People-About-Racism/dp/0807047414 
– Museum Detox: https://museumdetox.wordpress.com 
– The Great British Class Calculator from 2013: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22000973
– Sam’s research project: https://museumofthemandus.wordpress.com/
– Follow Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/samisatwork
– British Museum National Programmes Conference 2019: https://www.npconference.uk/conference-2019
– Museum as Muck: https://www.facebook.com/groups/museumasmuck/
– Follow Museum as Muck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/museumasmuck 
– Supermuckers at the Festival of Change 2018: https://www.acidfree.org.uk/projects/supermuckers/
– Panic! It’s an Arts Emergency Report: https://createlondon.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Panic-Social-Class-Taste-and-Inequalities-in-the-Creative-Industries1.pdf

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S06E03: The One with the Arduino

In this episode we talk about how the Arduino can be useful to conservators and how people are using it in museums already. Jenny talks to Dr David Mills and Mark Hellar about using the Arduino in conservation, and Christina chats to Bhav Shah about machine learning and much more. Also tune in for a Dear Jane about PhD dreams.

00:00:47 Wait, what is this?
00:12:09 Jenny goes to an Arduino workshop
00:14:38 Interview with Dr David Mills
00:19:27 Pros and cons of building it yourself
00:22:33 Why museums adopt tech
00:27:52 Interview with Mark Hellar
00:39:35 Virtual assistants
00:46:04 Interview with Bhav Shah
01:05:45 Uses for machine learning in museums
01:16:50 Are we going to be replaced by robots?
01:26:02 Dear Jane
01:28:29 Patreon shout out

Show Notes:
– Museum Pi episode: http://thecword.show/2017/06/21/s01e09-museum-pi/
– Difference between the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino: https://makezine.com/2015/12/04/admittedly-simplistic-guide-raspberry-pi-vs-arduino/
– Arduino official introduction: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/Introduction
– Arduino Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino
– Go follow David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DTL
– Sensors for the Arduino: https://store.arduino.cc/components/components-sensors
– Museduino: https://museduino.wordpress.com
– Building a weather station for a museum: https://ingeniumcanada.org/channel/articles/project-log-1-raspberry-pi-arduino
– Follow Mark on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mhellar/
– Go follow Mark on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mhellar
– What Open Source means: https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-source
– What virtual assistants are: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_assistant
– Monitoring Insects at the V&A: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/monitoring-insects-at-the-victoria-and-albert-museum/
– Go follow Bhav on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhav_shah
– AI, Machine Learning & Deep Learning Explained in 5 Mins: https://becominghuman.ai/ai-machine-learning-deep-learning-explained-in-5-minutes-b88b6ee65846
– Otter voice transcription: https://otter.ai/
– Museums Journal Trendswatch: https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/features/02092019-trendswatch-ai
– More Than Human exhibition: https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/ai-more-than-human
– AI creating oil paintings: https://www.fastcompany.com/90167584/this-ai-paints-like-the-old-masters-can-you-tell-the-difference
– Pepper the Robot at the Smithsonian: https://www.si.edu/visit/pepper
– Dot the Chatbot: https://www.theformgroup.com/articles/2018/10/17/tour-akron-art-museum-with-dot-the-chatbot
– IRIS+ the Chatbot: https://www.aam-us.org/2018/06/12/iris-part-one-designing-coding-a-museum-ai/
– Tate’s Recognition project: http://recognition.tate.org.uk/
– Art Selfie App by Google: https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/how-to/photo-video/google-art-selfie-3683180/
– Meet Berenson, the Robot Art Critic: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/robot-art-critic-berenson-436739
– Using Pigeons to Diagnose Cancer: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/using-pigeons-to-diagnose-cancer/

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S06E02: Papers, Please!

Join us as we browse through the remarkable collections held in archives together with special guest host Meagen Smith: we talk about the joys of paper and the unique aspects of working with these items. Jenny also chats to archivist Ruth Cummins and our conservation agony aunt tackles a question about landing an internship in ‘Dear Jane.’

00:00:39 News in brief
00:03:05 What’s an archive, anyway?
00:08:52 Beyond paper – what do archives collect?
00:15:56 Decision making and conservation
00:31:29 Nobody believes Jenny about chickens with trousers
00:33:35 Masculine history and addressing the balance
00:36:50 More odd things found in archives
00:43:33 How do we limit damage from use?
00:48:00 Resources to check out
00:50:01 Interview with Ruth Cummins
00:56:28 Dear Jane
01:04:11 Comments, questions, and corrections
01:04:32 Patreon shout out

Show Notes:
– Current Icon salary guidelines: https://icon.org.uk/jobs/advertising-and-salary-guidance
– UK Parliamentary Archives: https://archives.parliament.uk/
– What’s an archives? https://www.archives.gov/about/info/whats-an-archives.html
– The art and science of letterlocking: http://news.mit.edu/2014/art-and-science-letterlocking
– An example of reading a scroll without unfolding it: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1296207419301670
– ‘Eighteenth-century doodles of a chicken in trousers go viral’ via The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/oct/09/eighteenth-century-doodles-of-a-chicken-in-trousers-go-viral
– Glasgow Women’s Library: https://womenslibrary.org.uk/
– The Kitchen Sisters’ The Keepers podcast: http://www.kitchensisters.org/keeperoftheday/
– Quiet by Susan Cain: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0074YVW1G/ 
– Rotherham Archives and Local Studies: http://cliftonpark.org.uk/cpm/homepage/30/archives_and_local_studies
– How to donate via PayPal: https://paypal.me/thecwordpodcast

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