What is the Museum of Portable Sound?

The Museum of Portable Sound (est. November 2015) is a portable museum dedicated to portable sound based in London, UK. The Museum’s galleries consist of curated digital files located on the Museum Director‘s mobile phone. Displays of our permanent collection are augmented with an ongoing series of temporary exhibits in our Exposition Space. The Museum also holds a small Physical Object Collection related to portable sound.

The Museum’s Education Department offers continuing education classes related to sound and museums. We have also participated in educational programmes at the Courtauld Institute, the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, and Blossom House School in Motspur Park.

We’ve also been selected to have our website and Twitter feed archived by the British Library‘s UK Web Archive as part of their efforts to preserve the UK’s digital heritage.

Museums Journal profile - Feb. 2017Learn more about the Museum: read the profile that was published in the February 2017 issue of Museums Journal.

Where has the Museum of Portable Sound been presented?

In our first three years, we have presented the museum and conducted visits in eight countries – The UK, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland, Austria, Finland, and Azerbaijan – and thirteen cities – London, Bradford, Gateshead, Oxford, Greenwich, Baku, Vienna, Lisbon, Warsaw, Karlsruhe, Tampere, Rome, and Venice.

We’ve been visited and presented at some of the world’s most important cultural institutions, including the British Museum, the V&A (at a sound-themed Friday Late), the London Science Museum, the Museum of Childhood, the Wellcome Collection, the Courtauld Institute, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, London’s Sky Garden, London’s National Theatre, London’s Graduate Fashion Week, St Paul’s Cathedral, the British Library, Museums Showoff London, the Science + Media Museum, the Tyne & Wear Archives, the Shipley Art Gallery, the Discovery Museum, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, ZKM Center for Art and Media, MuseumsQuartier Wien, the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and the Moomin Museum.

We’ve been invited to present our museum at conferences around the world, including Sound Art Matters (Aarhus University); the International Sound Art Curating Conference (Aalborg University); the International Conference on Exhibiting Sounds of Changes (SOC Europe); and the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Archaeology and History conference on Museums, Collections, and Industrial Heritage (State Department of the Historical and Architectural Reserve of Icherisheher).

We’ve guest lectured at UK and European universities and schools including the London College of Communication, the UCL Institute of Archaeology, Birkbeck University, the Royal College of Art, Royal Holloway, the University of Leicester Museum Studies programme, John Cabot University in Rome, and Blossom House School in New Malden.

We’ve been featured by STET bookshop in Lisbon, and have been visited in numerous cafés, restaurants, and pubs  – including the oldest continuously operational coffee house in Europe. We’ve even conducted visits in people’s own flats and homes. Since our museum is portable, the possibilities are endless!

Professional Affiliations

The Museum of Portable Sound is a member of the UK Museums Association and the International Council of Museums. We thereby agree to abide by each organisation‘s code of ethics for museums.

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Learn More About Us:

• Read our Mission Statement

• Get to know our Museum Staff

• Meet our Board of Directors

• Read Reviews

• Listen to our Podcasts

• Read our online Magazine

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