This summer we started a conversation around our collections. Here we are launching a series of three podcasts that delve into some of the bigger questions around our displayed collections.

Each podcast has been made with a different community partner, who has collaborated with the Museum to lead a discussion on a collection, or object, that ignites their passion, or speaks to their interests. The project has come out of our work to ‘reimagine’ the Powell-Cotton Museum. It is an opportunity to provide a different perspective on our collections, and to pick up some of the complex stories from our Museum’s past that can’t always be told in a word-limited text label.

The three podcasts in this series are:

Episode 1: In conversation with Juma Ondeng

In this Q&A, Inbal Livne (former Head of Collections, Powell-Cotton Museum) chats to Juma Ondeng (Keeper Antiquities, Sites and Monuments-Western Region, National Museum of Kenya) about the Powell-Cotton Museum’s Kenyan collection and the work of the International Inventories Programme (https://www.inventoriesprogramme.org), which is digitally connecting Kenyans with their cultural heritage held in European museums. You can view the Museum’s Kenyan collections in Gallery 2.

This podcast is 25 minutes long.

Episode 2: In conversation with Margate Pride

In this episode, Emma-Jayne Hamlington (Learning and Outreach Officer, Powell-Cotton Museum) chats with Mia Pollak from Margate Pride (https://www.margatepride.org.uk). Emma-Jayne and Mia examine the Museum’s Kanga collection – textiles that tell a story – and discuss the importance of wearing your identity, especially in situations when you might find yourself unable to safely speak your mind.

This podcast is 21 minutes long.

Episode 3: Decolonisation and Practice – will drop on 31st January  2023

In this episode, Lucy Endematie (freelance writer, curator and consultant working with Powell-Cotton Museum) chats with Odeng Lomujalamoi (a Dodinga Community Leader).  Lucy and Odeng will be discussing Percy Powell-Cotton’s encounter with the Dodinga people in the early 1900s, the circumstances in which he acquired artefacts from them, and what it means today for Dodinga cultural heritage to be housed in the Powell-Cotton Museum.

You can listen to these podcasts on Spotify at Collections Conversations .  There is also a bitesize version available to listen to in the Museum’s galleries. For visitors who do not own a smartphone, we have MP3 players and headphones available, with the podcasts already loaded up.

With thanks to the South East Museums Development ‘Creative Collections’ Fund for a grant to support this project. You can find out more about the fund here: https://southeastmuseums.org/support/grants/creative-collections.

The podcasts were made with the assistance of James Whiting (https://www.jameswhiting.co.uk) for sound editing and recording support and Pie Factory Music (https://piefactorymusic.com) for studio space.

Our Voices

Dr Inbal Livne

former Head of Collections

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens

Juma Ondeng

Keeper Antiquities, Sites and Monuments-Western Region

National Museum of Kenya

Emma-Jayne Hamlington

Learning and Engagement Officer

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens

Mia Pollak

Margate Pride

Lucy Edematie

Freelance writer, curator and consultant

Odeng Lomujalamoi

Dodinga Community Leader