Seeds, the Story
Seeds is a bold new dramatic narrative podcast that tells the incredible story of the world’s first seed bank and explores the current climate and biodiversity crisis.
The seed bank, established in St Petersburg in 1921 contained vital samples of crops and plants from all over the world to guard against famine and other catastrophes. During the terrible siege in WWII the brave staff protected the edible samples from rats, a starving population and each other.
Incredibly the samples survived but at the tragic cost of many of the researchers lives, all lost to starvation.
The story is told in two timelines, one set during the siege itself, and the second set today, as the Coronavirus pandemic takes hold of the city. The timelines weave together to examine our ability to sacrifice our present to preserve our future, and how we remember our past to makes sense of who we have become
Seeds, the people behind the production
- Nicholas Pitt – Director
- Johanna Taylor – Producer
- Nick Walker – Writer
- Jo Ouin – Composer & Sound Designer
- Nina Sosanya
- Graeme Rose
- Jordon Kemp
- Katy Stephens
- Kirsty Rider