Museums Showoff with M+H Show, Wednesday May 14

Well this is exciting!

Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style night for all those who work in and love museums, has teamed up with the folks at the Museums + Heritage Show for a special one-off gig for all those people attending the show.

We’ll be downstairs at the Archangel, Kensington High Street, W8 on Wednesday 14th May.  We’re looking for designers, curators, manufacturers, suppliers, explainers, conservators, trustees, directors,  volunteers, critics, visitors services assistants, visitors, funders academics…or anyone else with tales to tell about museums & heritage.

If you would like 9 minutes to tell us anything about museums & heritage in any way you like, sign up here:

https://doodle.com/nfszekapnaecwwwa

Please do not sign up if you have performed for us in the last 12 months.

If you’re wondering what on earth this Showoff malarkey is all about, and whether you should join in, read this: http://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/about/

Museums Showoff Manchester 2 – Thursday 29 May

Hello North-west England, long time no see! How have you been?

We hope you’re up for some more museum-related showing off!

We’re going to be back in Manchester at the People’s History Museum on Thursday 29 May for more top NW museum action. We’re looking for curators, explainers, conservators, trustees, directors, designers, volunteers, critics, visitors services assistants, visitors, funders academics…or anyone else with something to show off about museums.

If you would like 9 minutes to tell us anything about museums in any way you like, sign up here:

https://doodle.com/qc6hr5hgtvdvcqbk

Please sign up before April 30th. Please only sign up if you live in north west England and have not performed for us before.

If you’re wondering what this Showoff malarkey is all about, and whether you should take part, look here: http://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/about/

A big thanks to the People’s History Museum, the Institute for Cultural Practices and Manchester Histories Festival for helping to make this gig happen.

Museums Showoff 12, Tues 1st April – LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Hooray! It’s spring! There’s sunshine and blue sky and flowers…and another night of amazing museum-y fun!

Join us on Tuesday 1st April, downstairs at The Slaughtered Lamb 34-35 Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DX, where ten brilliant performers will entertain, intrigue and amaze you. Doors open 7pm. Entry is free, but we will be collecting on the door for our charity of the month, the Choir With No Name, which uses music to help homeless people get their lives back on track. We suggest a donation of £5.

Showing off their all round museum-y awesomeness will be:

Steve Cross – your compère for the evening, keeping things to time, mucking about and poking fun at museums.

Tim Dunn – Extreme Trainspotting: why the war-torn country of Sierra Leone really needed a railway museum.

Carla Valentine – It’s What’s Inside That Counts! A humorous look at death by foreign object insertion, using objects from Barts Pathology Museum.

Sam Fieldhouse – Archiving Music Without Any Music: an ex-teacher’s baptism into a world of well-meaning widows, opposing opinions and extensive ephemera.

Stacy Hackner – Postcards were an essential form of communication from the late 19th to mid-20th century. This was also the heyday of anti-Semitism, leading to the formation of this curious collection that’s in need of an appropriate home.

Mary Rose Gunn – I’ll be talking about Two Temple Place, London’s first exhibition venue dedicated to showcasing highlights from regional collections.

Dave O’Brien – What’s the value of museums? I’ll talk about how we value museums in public policy, how we use a range of ideas about value that we possibly shouldn’t and why we do this. There might even be some suggestions of how to make the value of museums a little bit clearer!

Jenni Fewery, Bryony Morgan & Christina Hink – Don’t Lose Your Head! A gruesome glimpse at the plaster cast of a murderer and the pseudoscience of phrenology.

Jon Ablett – Release the Kraken – from mythical monsters to a marvellously modern mollusc! A guide to what we know (and don’t know) about the giant squid, Architeuthis dux, and how museum specimens have increased our knowledge of this and other cephalopod species.

Martin Sach – Museums can be great platforms for artists. The London Canal Museum has considerable experience of hosting art shows, and Martin Sach will draw lessons from this experience from the museum perspective.

Museums Showoff Bristol, 20 March – LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

Hello South West England! Are you ready for some top class museum-related entertainment?

We’ve lined up the creme de la creme of the south-west’s museum talent to reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects. Thanks to those ace people at SW Museums Development Programme we’re coming to a venue near you.

Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style night for all those who work in and love museum, will be at The Grain Barge, Bristol BS8 on Thursday 20 March 2014, Doors open at 7.00pm. Entry is free, but we will be collecting donations on the door for Off the Record, who offer counselling & support to people under 25. We suggest a donation of £5.

Taking to the stage for this extravaganza of wit and wisdom, objects and exhibitions will be:

Steve Cross – your compère for the evening: telling jokes, introducing acts and keeping things to time.

Laura Hilton – Laura Hilton is currently turning a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund into a shiny new Visitor Centre for the 150th anniversary of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. To avoid doing any additional  work, she is using this research to bring you tales of daring (or derring) do and desperation from the archives – with a bit of mythbusting, a world champion who was terrible at hide and seek, and a surprising amount about turnips

Nancy Heath – I’ll be taking an amusing and quirky look at the stories of scandal and bad behaviour of the St John family of Lydiard House. William Shakespeare said that “men’s vows are women’s traitors” and you’ll hear that the St John men were traitors indeed with our tale of mistresses, divorces and illegitimate heirs.

Richard Jaeschke – Busting the myth: how (almost) everything you know about conservation is wrong, what conservators really get up to and why you need to know!

Team SSGB – The many faces of Brunel: amid a sea of assumptions and misconceptions the SS Great Britain team set sail on a voyage of discovery to find the ‘real’ Brunel. Expect ‘riveting’ content!

Liz Neathey – It’s time for museums to take control to achieve sustainable futures. Find out about an innovative programme being delivered through South West Museum Development.

Janine Marriott – Life, death, murder, medicine and madness. All featuring in a whistle stop tour of creepy tales, burrowing badgers, crying kids and family fun at Arnos Vale with Janine Marriott, learning coordinator.

Mark Small – Red Lodge? What’s that? Where is it? Is it open? I didn’t know Bristol had a knot garden! Or an Elizabethan oak-panelled room! A brief introduction to the Red Lodge – who we are, where we are, what we are, and what we want to be in future.

Zak Mensah – Why open practices make Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives better. I think sharing is caring, so I’ll be talking about why I care so much about sharing what we do with digital technology across the service and in public.

Rebecca Clay – Do you remember when ACE told us we should recruit young, trendy ‘Arts Ambassadors’ to attend events unpaid, on behalf of our organisation, and we all laughed? Well they didn’t get it all wrong. I will be looking at the how to get the best out of the people who act as ambassadors for your organisation.

Anna Farthing – Kiss: A Story of Life and Death. Share a disturbing discovery from the Thackray Museum’s ‘Magic of Medicine’ exhibition and hear about the UK Medical Collections Group’s current ACE funded project, ‘From the Medicine Cabinet’.

Museums Showoff 12, London April 1 – SIGN UP!

Hot on the heels of a storming show at our new home, it’s time to announce ANOTHER GIG!

Yes, there’ll be more top class museum action on Tuesday 1 April 2014 at the Slaughtered Lamb, EC1.

Do you work in museums? Visit museums? Have something to say about museums? Want to talk / sing / dance / tell jokes / recite poetry … or just generally show off about it? Then you’re our kind of person!

If you haven’t performed for us in the last year and would like 9 minutes to tell us anything about museums in any way you like, sign up here:

http://www.doodle.com/uk52hmabrzkv3e94

If you’re wondering what on earth this Showoff malarkey is all about, and whether you should join in, read this: http://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/about/

Museums Showoff 11, Tuesday 4 Feb – LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

We’re back for 2014! It’s going to be ace! We’ve planned loads of gigs so that even more amazing museums people can tell us behind-the-scenes stories and incredible projects. AND we’ve got a fab new venue.

We’re kicking things off on Tuesday 4 February, downstairs at The Slaughtered Lamb  34-35 Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DX. Doors open 7pm. Entry is free, but we will be collecting on the door for our charity of the month, National Youth Arts Trust, which provides access to the performing arts for young people from non-privileged backgrounds. We suggest a donation of £5.

Lining up to astound, entertain and enlighten you with their tales from the museum world will be:

Steve Cross – a man who eats deep-fried gherkins for kicks.* He is also your compère for the evening: telling jokes, introducing acts and keeping things to time.

Kate Tyte – The totally unorthodox guide to museum archives! Featuring robots, Nicholas Cage, Indiana Jones and beards!

Liberate Tate – A love triangle: Tate, BP and us. What we love, what we hate, and why we want to Liberate Tate.

Nick Booth – I’m a curator at UCL where I look after the corpse of everyone’s favourite moral philosopher: Jeremy Bentham’s auto-icon. I’ll be talking about what being his curator is like, some of the work that involves and discussing some of the myths and legends that have grown up around him.

Lowri Jones – A day in the life of a Collections Storage Assistant. I’ll be talking about what moving 26,000 objects into a new building for the British Museum actually entails, and looking at some of the weird and wonderful objects that we have found buried in long-forgotten corners of the stores.

Erica McAlister – My desk is covered in maggots. My post contains maggots. My research often focuses on maggots. So often the focus of revulsion I will chat about what they are and why they’re so important. Fear not, I will bring along some of the NHM maggot collections and show how they have helped answer very important questions.

Phil Loring – Phil Loring, Curator of Psychology at the Science Museum, will describe how two extraordinary larger-than-life models of the brain have pursued, delighted, and tormented him over the past year and a half.

Natasha Powers – I’ll be using my 9 minutes to tell the story of the archaeological excavation which inspired a recent Museum of London exhibition. A tale of 19th century medical and scientific inquiry, and of two Williams, one a respectable clergyman, the other a resurrectionist with a formidable wife.

David Mentiply – We walked, and talked, our way to 26 museums in one day to raise money for Guide Dogs UK. Find out what happened in this whistle-stop talk about the Museum Marathon day!

Sarah Mahood – I’ll be talking about the Horniman Museum’s loans project Object in Focus. We loan to museums, libraries and others – what makes it easy to borrow our objects?

Dave O’Brien – What’s the value of museums? I’ll talk about how we value museums in public policy, how we use a range of ideas about value that we possibly shouldn’t and why we do this. There might even be some suggestions of how to make the value of museums a little bit clearer!

*Do not try this at home. Or anywhere else. Really. They’re disgusting.

Museums Showoff Bristol – 20 March 2014

Hello South West England!

We know you’ve got lots of museums and we’ve heard you’re up for a bit of showing off. How about it?

Museums Showoff is the open mic, cabaret-style night for all those who work in and love museums. We’re heading to The Grain Barge, Bristol BS8 on Thursday 20 March 2014, thanks to those ace people at SW Museums Development Programme. Now we need you…

We’re looking for curators, explainers, conservators, trustees, directors, designers, volunteers, critics, visitors services assistants, visitors, funders, academics…or anyone else with something to say about museums. You’ll get nine minutes to tell us all about it in any way you like – talks, poetry, drama, music, you name it, we’re up for it.

If you’re in the SW and want to strut your museums stuff sign up here: http://www.doodle.com/h4mfkmxqmwxwa2zc

If you want to know what on Earth we’re on about, and whether you should take part, see here: http://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/about/