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The British Museum Podcast

The British Museum is famous for its objects, which represent over 2 million years of human history and culture. The objects speak to us thanks to the experts who have helped to tell their stories for well over two centuries. This podcast takes a fresh look at some of the tales that have shaped the Museum’s story – both famous and less well known.
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Apr 6, 2017

At some point during the 1960s, there may have been as many as 100 cats living on the British Museum site. According to some newspapers they were bred to be super intelligent, according to some staff their breeding was out of control. This is the story of how the British Museum became a cat haven, and how they eventually came to be on the Museum payroll, thanks in large part to a British Museum cleaner affectionately referred to as the 'Cat Man’.

 

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‘Can’t Hug Every Cat’ - © The Gregory Brothers

 

‘Say Goodbye’ - © Adrianna Krikl

 

‘Marty Gots a Plan’, ‘Carpe Diem’, and ‘Simplex 48000 © Kevin MacLeod 

 

‘Close my mouth’ - © Silent Partner

 

‘Tech Toys' –  © Lee Rosevere

 

All tracks used and adapted under Attribution License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

1 Comments
  • seven and a half months ago
    Elisa O Shoenberger
    Good morning,

    This podcast was amazing. I really would like to hear more about Stella the Hawk but I can't find any additional information. I'm doing an article about falconry for a literary magazine that I co-founded and would love to hear more if possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again,
    Elisa