"Stories through Objects" Radio Series: Episode 9 Dionysus

Over the next few weeks, the Rumble Museum is making a series of shows called "Stories through Objects" for Radio Cherwell, the Oxford Hospital Radio Service. Each show explores a different story, and use objects from our collection and songs to journey through the themes, characters and places in the stories. The shows are aired each week at 1.30pm on Fridays and then repeated at the same time on Mondays.

Our ninth show is themed on Dionysus. You can find the voice audio, playlist and featured objects below.

Show 9: Dionysus

Twice born and fond of wine, ivy and madness, the god Dionysus has an interesting journey from babyhood to manhood. Explore this show below!

Audio (without songs):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Songs featured:

Lilac Wine - Jeff Buckley

The Great Awakening - The Meat Puppets

Judge Y'rself - The Manic Street Preachers

Crazy - Seal

Objects from our Collection featured:

Theatre Masks

Thyrsus


"Stories through Objects" Radio Series: Episode 8 The Origin of The World

Over the next few weeks, the Rumble Museum is making a series of shows called "Stories through Objects" for Radio Cherwell, the Oxford Hospital Radio Service. Each show explores a different story, and use objects from our collection and songs to journey through the themes, characters and places in the stories. The shows are aired each week at 1.30pm on Fridays and then repeated at the same time on Mondays.

Our eighth show is themed on the Origin of the World. You can find the voice audio, playlist and featured objects below.

Show 8: The Origin of the World

Where did everything come from? What happened in the very beginning of things. Find out the ancient Greek ideas about these big questions by exploring this show below!

Audio (without songs):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

Songs featured:

Morning Song by Edward Grieg

The Golden Age by Cracker

Here Comes The Flood by The Divine Comedy

Is It Like Today by World Party

 

Objects from our Collection featured:

Titanomachy Relief

Golden Age Picture

Deucalion and Pyrrha Plate

 


"Stories through Objects" Radio Series: Episode 7 Prometheus and Zeus

Over the next few weeks, the Rumble Museum is making a series of shows called "Stories through Objects" for Radio Cherwell, the Oxford Hospital Radio Service. Each show explores a different story, and use objects from our collection and songs to journey through the themes, characters and places in the stories. The shows are aired each week at 1.30pm on Fridays and then repeated at the same time on Mondays.

Our seventh show is themed on Prometheus and Zeus. You can find the voice audio, playlist and featured objects below.

 

Show 7: Prometheus and Zeus

The ultimate trickster figure and friend to mankind, Prometheus ends up meeting a very grisly fate. Explore this show below!

Audio (without songs):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

Songs featured:

Your Latest Trick by Dire Straits

We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel

Female of the Species by Space

Pandora's Box by OMD

 

Objects from our Collection featured:

1903 Trade Ad Card Featuring an Ancient Greek Doctor

Zeus and Thunderbolt Coin

Pithos Jar

 


"Stories through Objects" Radio Series: Episode 6 Daedalus and Icarus

Over the next few weeks, the Rumble Museum is making a series of shows called "Stories through Objects" for Radio Cherwell, the Oxford Hospital Radio Service. Each show explores a different story, and use objects from our collection and songs to journey through the themes, characters and places in the stories. The shows are aired each week at 1.30pm on Fridays and then repeated at the same time on Mondays.

Our sixth show is themed on Daedalus and Icarus. You can find the voice audio, playlist and featured objects below.

Show 6: Daedalus and Icarus

Daedalus is the archetypal genius inventor of Greek myth, but one ambitious invention leads to great sadness. Explore further by listening to the show!

Audio (without songs):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Songs featured:

On A Plain - Nirvana

Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy

Icarus - Emma Blackery

Daedalus - Thrice

Objects from our Collection featured:

Roman Bone Saw

Roman Wax Tablet

Coin Featuring Poseidon


"Stories through Objects" Radio Series: Episode 5 Wedding of Peleus and Thetis

Over the next few weeks, the Rumble Museum is making a series of shows called "Stories through Objects" for Radio Cherwell, the Oxford Hospital Radio Service. Each show explores a different story, and use objects from our collection and songs to journey through the themes, characters and places in the stories. The shows are aired each week at 1.30pm on Fridays and then repeated at the same time on Mondays.

Our fiifth show is themed on the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis. You can find the voice audio, playlist and featured objects below.

 

Show 5: The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis

This wedding of a mortal man and immortal goddess is a lavish affair with a host of gods and goddesses celebrating, but it doesn't quite go to plan. Explore this show below!

 

Audio (without songs):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

Songs featured:

Birdhouse in Your Soul - They Might Be Giants

Uninvited - Alanis Morissette

Most Beautiful Girl in the World - Prince

Simple Twist of Fate - Bob Dylan

 

Objects from our Collection featured:

Roman Oil Lamp

Athena Bust

Corinthian Helmet

 

 

 


"Stories through Objects" Radio Series: Episode 4 Echo and Narcissus

Over the next few weeks, the Rumble Museum is making a series of shows called "Stories through Objects" for Radio Cherwell, the Oxford Hospital Radio Service. Each show explores a different story, and use objects from our collection and songs to journey through the themes, characters and places in the stories. The shows are aired each week at 1.30pm on Fridays and then repeated at the same time on Mondays.

Our first show is themed on Homer's Odyssey. You can find the voice audio, playlist and featured objects below.

 

Show 4: Echo and Narcissus

The Roman poet Ovid merged these two tragic tales of unrequited love together. Find out more about the origin of echoes and self-love in the show below!

Audio (without songs):

 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

Songs featured:

Echo by Verite

You're So Vain by Carly Simon

The Memo by Father John Misty

Mud and Dark by the Cocteau Twins

 

Objects from our Collection featured:

 

Art Nouveau Nymph Picture Frame

Black Figure Plate

Art Nouveau Narcissus Ladle

 

 

 


"Stories through Objects" Radio Series: Episode 3 Theseus and the Minotaur

Over the next few weeks, the Rumble Museum is making a series of shows called "Stories through Objects" for Radio Cherwell, the Oxford Hospital Radio Service. Each show explores a different story, and use objects from our collection and songs to journey through the themes, characters and places in the stories. The shows are aired each week at 1.30pm on Fridays and then repeated at the same time on Mondays.

Our third show is themed on Theseus and the Minotaur. You can find the voice audio, playlist and featured objects below.

 

Show 3: Theseus and the Minotaur

What is a hero? Where did the idea of a labyrinth come from? Explore further by listening to the show!

 

Audio (without songs):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

Songs featured:

Heroes - David Bowie

The Labyrinth Song - Asaf Avidan

Orinoco Flow - Enya

A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay

 

Objects from our Collection featured:

Phaistos Disk

Roman Spindle Whorl

Roman Sundial

 

Visit us

The Rumble Museum is located at Cheney School. The address of the school is:

Cheney School, Cheney Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7QH

We run many workshops and events throughout the year aimed at the public. These can be found on our events pages. Some of these are specifically museum-related, whereas others are classics events where it is possible to come to the school and see the museum as part of the wider event.

If you would like to book a separate time to visit us, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a time. We take bookings from individuals and groups, and we can tailor your visit to suit your needs and interests. We are able to take bookings throughout the school term time, as well as during holidays. The school is closed on bank holidays, so we are unable to take bookings for these times.

We hope to see you soon at the Rumble Museum!

 

 

"Stories through Objects" Radio Series: Episode 2 Orpheus and the Underworld

Over the next few weeks, the Rumble Museum is making a series of shows called "Stories through Objects" for Radio Cherwell, the Oxford Hospital Radio Service. Each show explores a different story, and use objects from our collection and songs to journey through the themes, characters and places in the stories. The shows are aired each week at 1.30pm on Fridays and then repeated at the same time on Mondays.

Our second show is themed on Orpheus and the Underworld. You can find the voice audio, playlist and featured objects below.

 

Show 2: Orpheus and the Underworld

A magical figure with a beautiful voice, Orpheus has been an inspiration for all types of artists through the ages. Explore this show below!

 

Audio (without songs):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

Songs featured:

Wedding Song - Anais Mitchell - Hadestown

Without You - Harry Nillson

Orpheus - Sara Bareilles

Nature Boy - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 

 

Objects from our Collection featured:

Roman Die

Unguentarium

Roman "Evil Eye" Ring

 

 

 

Rumble Museum

 The Rumble Museum at Cheney is spread across various areas of the school, and features original and replica artefacts from a range of eras. At the moment, our largest collection is of Greek and Roman items,  so the first thing we have developed are the displays in the classics centre. We are currently developing a central museum space and collection in the Library, which will act as a central base for the museum and connect to the various department rooms and collections which we are growing.
We have a main image for the Museum which combines the idea of hexagons - for piecing the past together and connecting different areas of learning within the school. Many of the artefacts will be displayed on hexagon-shaped display shelves around the school so the Museum areas will be instantly recognisable and striking. The bright, vibrant colours reflect The Iris Project's ethos of bringing the past to life in lively and engaging ways. We hope that Cheney staff and students, and all our visitors, will enjoy the new image, and the hexagons with artefacts as they appear around the school. 

"Stories through Objects" Radio Series: Episode 1 Homer's Odyssey

 

Over the next few weeks, the Rumble Museum is making a series of shows called "Stories through Objects" for Radio Cherwell, the Oxford Hospital Radio Service. Each show explores a different story, and use objects from our collection and songs to journey through the themes, characters and places in the stories. The shows are aired each week at 1.30pm on Fridays and then repeated at the same time on Mondays.

Our first show is themed on Homer's Odyssey. You can find the voice audio, playlist and featured objects below.

Show 1: Homer's Odyssey

Loved for centuries for its wily hero, and cast of monsters, witches and hapless men, the story has inspired many songs and connects to many objects in our collection. Explore this show below!

Audio (without songs):

 Part 1

 Part 2

 Part 3

 

Songs featured:

Calypso by Suzanne Vega

How to Disappear Completely by Radiohead

Siren by Tori Amos

Journey of the Magi by Frank Turner

 

Objects from our Collection featured:

Wooden lyre

Tetradrachm

Minoan Octopus Jar

The Rumble Museum at Cheney is a unique partnership between an educational charity and a school. The Iris Project, a charity which promotes learning about the ancient world, is working with Cheney School to grow a museum within a school. We have been awarded full Museum Accreditation by the Arts Council Museum Accreditation Scheme.

The Museum is named after Jamie Rumble, a young man who devoted his life to improving the lives of young people.

The Museum is spread across various areas of the school, and features original and replica artefacts from a range of eras. Our original artefacts form our official collection, and these are mostly found in the Library. Our collection is currently divided into six different themes: War & Weaponry, Science & Medicine, History of Headington, Trade & Economy, Design & Technology and Women's Suffrage. It contains very ancient items, including ammonite fossils, mesolithic tools, and Roman and Greek objects, all the way to very modern items such as an iPod.

We are developing a new large exhibition area in the Canteen which will explore the history of Cheney School, incorporating a range of artefacts; the School itself dates back to around 1797 and has a fascinating development connecting with various educational institutions and buildings across the city of Oxford.

Our main image for the Museum is themed upon hexagons - these represent the act of piecing the past together and also connecting different areas of learning within the school. Many of our replica artefacts are displayed on hexagon-shaped display shelves around the school so the Museum areas are instantly recognisable and striking. The bright, vibrant colours reflect The Iris Project's ethos of bringing the past to life in lively and engaging ways.

We run a wide range of projects, events, workshops and exhibitions, both for Cheney students and the wider community. You can find out more about these by exploring this website.
 
The founder and director of the Rumble Museum is Dr Lorna Robinson. She can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.