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The Museum Of Curiosity. John Lloyd. Copyright: BBC
The Museum Of Curiosity

The Museum Of Curiosity

  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2007 - 2023
  • 106 episodes (17 series)

Radio panel show in which John Lloyd and his curators try to fill up their museum with curious objects. Also features Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Dave Gorman, Jimmy Carr and more.


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Gallery 9, Episode 1 - Meeting Fifty

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd is joined by his latest curator Noel Fielding as The Museum of Curiosity opens its ninth gallery. Offering the first donations are comedian Nish Kumar, professor of experimental architecture Rachel Armstrong and the composer Howard Goodall.

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Howard Goodall, composer, creator of hymns and the writer of the themes for Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley and QI, donates to the Museum the pantalon, a now extinct musical instrument, akin to the piano but with no keys. It was popular for 100 years in France and Germany.

Rachel Armstrong, professor of experimental architecture at Newcastle University and TED fellow, and who has a passion for what she calls "living architecture", offers up a witch bottle, charms that were meant to channel out badness in the Middle Ages. She offers it up as a way protecting things that are of importance to us.

Nish Kumar, presenter of Newsjack, half of the double act Gentlemen of Leisure with Tom Neenan, and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, gives a copy of the Bob Dylan album Blonde on Blonde, which marked the change in Dylan's career. It was the time when he started working with bigger backing-bands which annoyed his fan base.

Broadcast details

Friday 29th July 2016
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Noel Fielding Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Nish Kumar Guest
Howard Goodall Guest
Rachel Armstrong Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
James Harkin Producer
Anne Miller Researcher
Mike Turner Researcher

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