Working with Museum Collections

Tuning into collections, amplifying stories, picking up memories, sharing through transmitting


Thanks to The Museum in The Park Collections Officer Alexia Clark and Collections Assistant Fern Ryan for another wonderful focused forage into the museum’s collections – now on the subject of all things Radio!

This was preparation for the Radiophonic Hut appearing as hut-in-residence in the museum courtyard in September 2019.   We went through radio-related items pulled out of storage, with a view to selecting some to go on display in a case in the museum foyer during the hut residency and photographed paper ephemera to be reproduced for in-hut display and visitor perusing in a file.  These fascinating conversations were recorded for the RH archives for reference and future audio mixes…

This is part of our research and development of Miniature Museum / Radiophonic Hut. We are creating a process of working with collections, museums and their audiences. This is a continuation of the way we work as Miniature Museum in the creation of all our installations and activities. Having the pleasure of digging through archives and collections stores is a typical step in our research and creative practice, and we’ve dug in the drawers and stores of MIP several times by now!

Now by turning up at a location with the Radiophonic Hut we explore new ways to collect and feed back into the installation of the hut and every place we land:  the hut is open as an exhibit and used as collecting recording station – see more about that here (link to hut in residence in courtyard)


Gallery of images from The Museum In The Park Collections

(All images © The Museum in The Park)

Radio Catalogue MIP collection


Many thanks to Arts Council England, The Museum In The Park and Stroud Festival for supporting these activities &  this vital R&D towards a way of working with future partners, preparation for hut to take to the road and sounds to the airwaves!