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Ed Rodley

Ed Rodley

Ed Rodley is Associate Director of Integrated Media at the Peabody Essex Museum. He manages a wide range of media projects, with an emphasis on temporary exhibitions and the reinterpretation of PEM’s collections. Ed has worked in museums his whole career and has developed everything from apps to exhibitions. He is passionate about incorporating emerging digital technologies into museum practice and the potential of digital content to create a more open, democratic world.


Studio boat makes waves

It’s rare that the work that we put into a temporary exhibition has a lifespan beyond the project it was conceived for. In my 25-plus years of making exhibitions, I …


Ghost hunting in Cuba with Magda

Traveling with an artist means that every experience, every encounter is potential grist for their creative mill. And when that artist is Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons (Magda), and you’re accompanying her …


I, robot

William Gibson wrote that “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” And even in museums, the future keeps appearing in surprising ways, like the time this …

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Working in the past

For Hidden in Plain Sight: The Furniture of Nathaniel Gould,  opening this Fall, we want to not only feature the fine furniture made in Gould’s shop, but also share some …

Ed at AAM

Telling stories

One of the highlights of my time at the American Alliance of Museums 2014 conference was the storytelling panel that Seattle-based exhibit planner Judy Rand and I organized. AAM included …

a edit-a-thon in São Paulo, Brazil aimed at creating and improving articles relating to feminism, women rights and notable women.

Join our Edit-a-thon

This Saturday we’re holding an all day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. In addition to all of PEM’s activities around this weekend’s Massachusetts Poetry Festival, we’ll be doing a bit of writing ourselves, …

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From the sidewalk to the catwalk

Last month, I was in New York City, as I mentioned in this blog post. One of the reasons I was there was to see ”The Fashion World of Jean Paul …

Scanning party. Don’s holding the laptop as I walk around the statue, trying to get a clean capture.


I was in New York a few weeks ago to see a couple of plays, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart in Pinter and Beckett. Heaven! I was also in town …

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Rigging a studio boat

Where do ideas for exhibit components come from? This is a question I get asked all the time. Here at PEM, the answer is “from the content and the team.” …