We take pleasure in sourcing the occasional audio oddity, like this show about the art of conserving artefacts. Intended for the consumption of museum professionals, we were delighted to find a band of charming young conservators at the helm, who are fascinating and accessible on the subject of their work. In this episode, they debate the morally complex business of working with human remains, be it an object made from human skin, a hair caught in an ancient ceramic pot, or a mummified body. The group reminisces about bodies and artefacts they've worked on, the rituals that have helped them feel close to the dead, and the tricky question of consent and privacy when human remains are shown to the public. Listen for the (very) inside track on the hard graft of preserving history.
Released: 16 Mar 2017