Podcasts about Treasures

Listen to stories about our treasures. These podcasts tell the tale of 6 of our prized objects featured in the new Treasures Cadogan Gallery. 

Vicky Paterson, the Museum’s senior editor, tracked down Museum scientists and curators, model makers, art dealers, and even the odd astronaut, to find out how each of these objects changed science.

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Apollo Moon rock
Apollo Moon rock

The only piece of Apollo Moon rock owned by the UK is an out-of-this-world symbol of human endeavour. It was collected on the last NASA Apollo mission. Museum scientist Sara Russell and astronaut Harrison Schmitt bring an earthly perspective.

 

Charles Darwin’s pigeons
Charles Darwin’s pigeons

Did you know the common pigeon inspired Charles Darwin’s biggest idea? And that he bred pigeons to inform his theories? Museum scientist Jo Cooper, pigeon breeder John Elsdon and Mark Pallen author of The Rough Guide to Evolution explain.

 

Iguanodon teeth
Iguanodon teeth

Two simple teeth sparked one of the greatest discoveries - without them the word 'dinosaur' may never have been heard! Museum scientist Paul Barrett, dinosaur researcher Susannah Maidment and amateur palaeontologist Karl-James Langford investigate.

 

Blaschka glass models
Blaschka glass models

These exquisite glass sea creatures were made with techniques no one has been able to replicate. Museum scientist Miranda Lowe, glass-maker Rowan van der Holt and James Hyslop from Christie’s tell a story of unique art and tragedy.

 

Guy the gorilla
Guy the gorilla

London Zoo’s best-loved resident Guy the gorilla taught us how to care for endangered primates in captivity. Museum scientist Richard Sabin, ex-keeper Mick Carman, life-long fan George Fitt and taxidermist Derek Frampton introduce him.

 

Neanderthal skull
Neanderthal skull

The first adult Neanderthal skull ever discovered introduced us to the face of ancient humans. Museum scientist Chris Stringer, model maker Jez Gibson-Harris and acoustics researcher Anna Barney build the picture. 

 

Look out for these 6 prized objects and more in the Treasures Cadogan Gallery. 

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