The Podcast series

Echoes of History: The digital renaissance of the Historical Museum of Crete through podcasting

Dream: Envisioning a digital bridge to its audience during challenging times, the Historical Museum of Crete sought to transcend traditional boundaries and enhance the museum experience through the power of storytelling. The dream was to create a series of podcasts that would bring the museum's collections to life, making history accessible anywhere, at any time.

Idea: The concept of a podcast series emerged as a solution to maintain engagement with the museum's audience during the pandemic. By utilizing audio narrations performed by actors and curators, the museum aimed to provide an immersive experience, allowing listeners to explore Crete's rich history and art through their imagination.

Realization: The realization of this vision began with the onset of the second quarantine and led to the launch of the first podcast episode on April 28, 2021. This initiative, alongside "The History Museum Comes to Your Home," represents the museum's commitment to digital engagement, continuously growing and enriching its online presence.

Challenges and solutions: Transitioning from physical to digital storytelling presented unique challenges, including training staff in digital tools and producing high-quality audio content. The solution involved leveraging technology—initially a mobile phone and later, professional radio microphones and recording equipment—to achieve a polished and engaging auditory experience.

Innovation: The podcast series stands as a testament to the museum's innovative approach to digital storytelling. By curating episodes that weave together narratives of Crete's history and art, the museum has crafted an educational tool that resonates with listeners far beyond its physical walls.

Effect: The initiative has successfully maintained the museum's connection with its audience throughout the pandemic, providing an educational and engaging platform for exploration and learning. It has also equipped the museum staff with valuable digital skills, further enhancing the institution's ability to adapt and thrive in a digital landscape.

Target audience: Aimed at the Greek-speaking audience nationwide, the podcasts cater to both local visitors and those geographically distant, offering a virtual return to the museum through its audiovisual content.

Sustainability: Highlighting the project's sustainability, the museum emphasizes that creating a podcast series is a cost-effective strategy applicable to institutions of varying sizes. This digital practice not only keeps museums "open" to the public but also ensures the longevity of the content, which can be accessed indefinitely.

Digital tools: The production process evolved from simple mobile phone recordings to utilizing specialized radio microphones and a dedicated auditorium space. Coupled with audio editing software and a hosting platform for audio files, these tools facilitated the creation of a professional-quality podcast series.

Funding: The project was realized with the museum's internal resources, showcasing the feasibility of implementing digital initiatives without significant external funding.

Future: The pandemic accelerated the museum's digital transformation, fostering a new era of engagement through digital tools. This venture into podcasting marks just the beginning, with plans to continue expanding the museum's digital footprint and connecting with audiences in innovative ways post-pandemic.

Responsible istitution: Historical Museum of Crete
Good practice link: https://to-podcast-toy-istorikoy-moyseioy-kritis.simplecast.com/
Address: Leof. Sofokli Venizelou 27, Iraklio 712 02, Greece
Contact person on good practice: Angeliki Mpaltatzi, info@historical-museum.gr