Museums Showoff 15, Dec 2 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED

A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR

It’s November, the clocks have gone back, it’s raining and there is the impending doom of terrible secret santa presents at the office party.

But never fear! If you love museums and archives we have something to cheer you up!

Join us downstairs at The Slaughtered Lamb on Tuesday 2 December for lots of museum-y fun, intriguing insights and all the behind-the-scenes gossip! Doors open at 7pm. This time we are selling TICKETS. They are £5 + 50p booking fee and ALL the money (apart from the booking fee) will be going to Solace Women’s Aid, which helps women & children affected by domestic & sexual abuse.

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

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

Melanie Vandenbrouck – “What on earth do (art) curators do?”, I often get asked, by puzzled members of the public and bemused colleagues alike. I’ll be talking about my curatorial experience in institutions small and big, to share some rabbit-in-the-headlight moments, the trepidation of stepping out of my comfort zone, and the variety of things I get to do, some more marvellously odd than others.

Ian Tester – A gentle canter through how we put millions of pages of #oldnews online, but more importantly, the many, varied and surprising ways people are using them. We like to think of ourselves as the Newspaper Liberation Front: we rescue old newspapers from libraries and put them an iPad away from anybody.

Marianne Mulvey –  Is there a place for irreverence in a space of reverence? I believe so, but do Tate Britain’s members agree? My talk tells the story of using queer performance to open up new ways of being and behaving in the museum, and gives you some honest reactions.

Martin Croser – I’ll be talking about the Hunterian Museum and it’s fascinating collection of cadavers, entrails, viscera, carrion, severed limbs, scalpels, hacksaws, catheters, claw hammers and pickled sparrows testicles. I’ll also be looking at why (in retrospect) it probably wasn’t the best place to go on a first date.

Laura Crossley – Workforce Diversity: A Plea to End the Handwringing and Start Doing. How long do we have to wait for the museum sector to address its lack of workforce diversity? One hundred more angry conference talks? One million more Twitter outbursts? I, for one, cannot take any more (and neither can Twitter). If you can’t either, pledge to join me in my mission to force the sector to stop the handwringing and start DOING.

Tom Flynn – A look at the circumstances that lead to the British Museum on Sketchfab and some of the outcomes of the project. In light of this experience and as more and more museum content goes digital, how best might this be presented to a modern audience?

Dan Schreiber – Museum-y musings from the one of the brains behind Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity.

Katherine Hudson – the Art Fund has helped museums to show off their amazing collections and everything they do since 1903. I’ll tell you how to get involved.

PLUS ONE MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR

 

Museums Showoff Edinburgh, Nov 25 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Hello Edinburgh! Are you ready for some top class museum-related entertainment?

We’ve lined up the creme de la creme of Scottish museum talent to reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects, and thanks to those lovely folk at the Scottish Museums Federation we’re coming to a venue near you!

Museums Showoff, the open mic night for all those who work in and love museums, will take place in the Ballroom at the Voodoo Rooms on Tuesday 25 NovemberDoors open at 7.00pm. Entry is free, but donations will be requested on the door for our charity of the month. We suggest a donation of £5. Please note this show is suitable for over 18s only.

Strutting their museum-y stuff on stage will be:

Steve Cross – your compère for the evening, he has an extensive collection of checked shirts.

Jason Finch  – Confessions of a Curator: a trawl through 15 years working in the sector, in England and Scotland, and some of the strange and odd situations you find found yourself, both when dealing with the public and colleagues. Names have been changed to protect the innocent (not to mention to avoid libel cases) and whilst all will be true, some incidents might be enhanced for effect.

Neil Lebeter – The Day I Broke Rule #1 of Museum Club: Don’t Set Fire to the Things. I will tell the story of the time I burned an art work, why I did it, how it felt and the consequences, which were unexpected. Watch me break out in a cold sweat as I relive the experience, complete with evidence of the actual event.

Martha Findlay & Tawona Sithole – we’ll talk about the potential challenges of curating African perspectives in relation to the David Livingstone narrative!

Lyn Cunningham & Paul Gray – Glasgow design team Suisse will talk you through their experiences in realising their brief to reinterpret The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine.

Graeme Hawley – The Joy of Spines.  Graeme Hawley makes you sit up straight with a tour amongst the book stacks.

Christine McLean – I’ll share with you our terrifying experience of a zombie virus spreading through the National Museum of Scotland, turning staff and some visitors in to flesh-eating monsters.

Ralph Moffat – Animal, vegetable, or mineral, it’ll do anything to anything! Glasgow Museums has weapons for war, hunting, and just plain showing off (jousting and tournaments). This short PowerPoint formatted slideshow will have (non-moving) images of this amazing collection.

Susan Morrison – Susan Morrison belongs in a museum, since she is a 55 year old comic, in relatively good condition and only slightly foxed around the edges. An equivalent copy of the Beano or Dandy would fetch a good price in an auction, which means she should fetch a decent price. She’s not telling what she’s doing- you have to be there!

Henrietta Lidchi – Is seeing believing? Tales from museums and fieldwork, at the British Museum and beyond.

Pam Barnes – Staging the Museum: a short talk on the use of performance to build on community engagement.

Museums Showoff 15 – London, Dec 2

We had an AMAZING start to the new season, and now it’s time for MORE SHOWING OFF!

Do you love museums? Do you have behind-the-scenes tales, intriguing insights or amazing projects to reveal? Do you want share them with a lovely audience that also thinks museums are ace?

Then sign up for our gig at the Slaughtered Lamb, on Tuesday 2 December. We’re looking for anyone with tales to tell about museums –  curators, funders, academics, visitor services assistants, fundraisers, retail people, volunteers and security folk… or anyone else who fancies 9 minutes to show off about museums in anyway they like.

If you would like 9 minutes to tell us anything about museums in any way you like, sign up here: https://doodle.com/t95xm8gie6ar2czm

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

Museums Showoff EDINBURGH, 25 Nov – SIGN UP!

SCOTLAND!

Do you love museums?

Have you got something to say about them?

Do you want tell a lovely audience that also thinks museums are ace?

How about over a drink one evening?

Amazing! We’ve got news for you!

Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style night for all those who work in and love museums, is coming to Edinburgh! We’ve teamed up with the Scottish Museums Federation for some top class museum-related entertainment at the Voodoo Rooms on Tuesday 25 November at 7.30pm. We want to hear all your museum-related stories, behind-the-scenes gossip, amazing projects and intriguing insights. You can talk about it, sing about it, do a dance or put on a play. Just as long as it’s 9 minutes or less.

We’re looking for curators, explainers, conservators, trustees, directors, designers, volunteers, critics, visitors services assistants, visitors, funders, academics, cleaners, security guards…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/aaen8bwrnezrer9t

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

Museums Showoff 14, Tues 30 Sept – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HELLO LONDON!

It’s time to kick off a new season of museum fun with even more behind-the-scenes tales, intriguing insights and amazing projects. And OMG, what an incredible show we’ve got for you!

Join us on Tuesday 30 September, downstairs at The Slaughtered Lamb, where our brilliant performers will entertain, intrigue and astound you. Doors open 7pm. Entry is free, but we will be collecting on the door for our charity of the month. We suggest a donation of £5.

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

Steve Cross – A man who knows his geek from his nerd, Steve is your compère for the evening, telling jokes and keeping everyone to time.

David Di Duca & Ross Cairns – What really happens at museums during the dead of night? The team behind After Dark tell the tale of when the robots took over Tate Britain and revealed the galleries at night to the world.

Robert Bidder – What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ingested? What would your Superpower be? Where would you go in a time machine? These are just some of the weekly questions we’ve asked our visitors and twitter followers over the last year. Once I’ve decided what the best answers are, I draw a big picture of them on Wellcome Collection’s gallery wall and try my best to make it as daft or disgusting as possible.

Carole Souter – Every curator knows just what they’d buy if they had a (modest) pot of gold to spend. Collecting Cultures made some of those dreams come true – this is what some lucky curators did with their pot.

Mark Dennis – Brothers and sisters, knights and nobles. Have you ever taken tea with a daughter of the Phoenix? Had a pint with a Buffalo or paraded with a Forester? If not then you probably don’t know about the rich fraternal history of the UK. I’ll give you a whirlwind tour of a museum collection from a world where royalty wear aprons, workers have noble titles and women call each other brother.

James Lattin – A short introduction to the Museum of Imaginative Knowledge, including key items from its collections as well as a report from its recent tour around the UK. The Museum focuses on objects and information that you would not find in more authoritative institutions.

Debbie Challis – Confessions of an Institutionphobe. A self help session to ease my Foucauldian masochism caused by my instinctive distrust of museums and institutions that ‘produce knowledge’, although I am myself wedged into the posterior of institutional knowledge production.

Rupert Acton – A selection of readings from 18 pieces of writing responding to 18 objects from the Horniman Museum’s Anthropology Collection. Using a research led approach, objects from around the world are explored from the perspective of a lifelong Londoner, there will be poetry, prose and at least one joke.

Gregory Akerman – In the early 1900s, the Smithsonian Museum was accused of covering up all evidence of a race of giants in an effort to undermine centuries of religious and mythic speculation. Gregory will use this tale to explore the responsibility of museums to keep themselves free from both mistakes & lies – but Gregory will do this with jokes and a frankly insulting lack of research.

Naomi Campbell – I’ll be showing off the most innovative, playful and anarchic garden in the National Trust’s cannon – how we did it, why we did it and why a Tudor knot garden just wouldn’t do!

Museums Showoff, Cambridge 2 – November 4

WE’RE SORRY TO SAY THAT DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS GIG HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Hello Cambridge! We know you LOVE museums. In fact, you’re CURATING THE WHOLE CITY. And guess what, we’re part of it!

Museums Showoff will be at the Portland Arms at 7pm on Tuesday 4 November as part of Curating Cambridge. Come and tell us amazing things about museums in and around the city!

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. You could tell us about a project, something you’ve seen, your plans for museum world domination… or anything else to do with museums. You can talk about it, sing about it, do a dance or put on a play. Just as long as it’s 9 minutes or less.

If you would like 9 minutes to tell us anything about museums in any way you like, sign up here: https://doodle.com/n7wysewxgbysh5nu

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

This gig is supported by University of Cambridge Museums, using funding from Arts Council England.

Museums Showoff 14, London, Sept 30 – SIGN UP!

YES!

WE’RE BACK!

After a relaxing break from our storming mega gig at the Bloomsbury Theatre, it’s time to get the new season of museum-related fun, intrigue and insights underway. We’ve got a load of exciting gigs to announce in the coming weeks.

To get things started we’ll be back at our London home, the Slaughtered Lamb, on Tuesday 30 September. We’re looking for anyone with tales to tell about museums – fundraisers, retail people, volunteers and security folk as well as curators, funders, academics, visitor services assistants… or anyone else who fancies 9 minutes to show off about museums in anyway they like.

If that sounds like you, and you haven’t performed for us since September 2013, sign up here: https://doodle.com/6u7tpmnq2pmtyy4r

If you’re wondering what this showing off malarkey is all about, and whether you should join in, read this: https://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/about/