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 The 

 Caretakers 

A new six part audio series...

Launching on the 13th July 2020, a new six-part audio series The Caretakers offered the public a rare glimpse into life for UK museum and gallery security staff and those maintaining buildings and collections during lockdown. Delivered by contemporary artist Eloise Moody, and supported by arts organisation Metal – each episode was broadcast daily by the partner organisations and Metal via social media. 


“I knew that this project had all the ingredients to be good, but I couldn’t know it would be quite so special.  Through the eyes of these Caretakers, we are allowed a rare glimpse, not just into the closed museum spaces, and the quiet collections, but into the lives and reflections of the people who find themselves often the sole inhabitants of these usually thriving places.”

The Caretakers will offer listeners a sneak peek of their beloved collections, ahead of the gradual reopening of the sector following lockdown. Each episode centres on one object, chosen and narrated by a ember of a security or maintenance team, offering a reimagined take on the traditional curator led tour format. The series offers rare access into the hidden worlds of museums and galleries and the people that have been looking after them during the Covid-19 pandemic with diligence, passion and deep commitment to our heritage.

Eloise Moody conceived the idea for The Caretakers as a way to give voice to workers whos knowledge of museum collections and cultural buildings often goes unheard. Six museums and galleries across England participated: 

Southend Museums

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Kettle's Yard

Museum of London

Royal Museums Greenwich

Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Each piece feels intimate and personal - a gift. You want to listen carefully because you might never get this chance again. What they say is beautiful and interesting and moving and funny. But you can also hear each person thinking, you can hear them sigh and you can hear them laugh as they share their thoughts with you while they go on their patrols, as they sit in chairs they’ve never tried before or as they find themselves in grand echoey rooms all alone. Everything is about to change again- museums are getting ready to reopen. Thank you Marta, Alex, Steve, Ciara, John and Gum - our Caretakers – who let us in.

 


 

Hear the Caretaker Tales 

Day 1

Marta - Museum of London

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Day 2

Alex - Royal Museums Greenwich

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Day 3

Steve - Kettle's Yard

Day 4

Ciara- Southend Museums

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Day 5

John - Pitt Rivers Museum

Day 6

Gum - Birmingham Museums