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/

Museums Showoff 13 – SIGN UP!

Hot on the heels of our AMAZING gig at the Bloomsbury Theatre it’s time for MORE SHOWING OFF!

Museums Showoff will be back at the Slaughtered Lamb on Wednesday 9 July. We’re looking for designers, curators, manufacturers, explainers, conservators, trustees, directors, volunteers, critics, visitors services assistants, visitors, funders, academics…or anyone else with tales to tell about museums. If you’d like 9 minutes to show off about museums in any way you like, sign up here:

https://doodle.com/yghkv25unncz27wu

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

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/

Museums Showoff at the Bloomsbury Theatre, June 10 – MORE DETAILS

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Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style night for all those who work in and love museums, will be at the Bloomsbury Theatre on Tuesday 10 June starting 7.30pm, where a stellar cast of museum talent will reveal what REALLY goes on in museums!

If you want to hear intriguing insights, get the low down on amazing projects and glean all the behind-the-scenes gossip, this is the show for you! Taking to the stage for this extravaganza of wit and wisdom, objects and exhibitions will be:

Steve Cross – former curator and your compère for the evening, Steve likes to demonstrate his love for museums by telling jokes and wearing silly t shirts.

Paolo Viscardi – Beyond the Walrus: A tale of rivalry, death, zombies and reconciliation in the secret world of the Horniman Museum’s stores.

Rosie Clarke – I’ll be telling stories about Swansea Museum’s connection to water, featuring Swansea Jack the lifesaving dog, and what happened when artist Amy Sharrocks persuaded the citizens to fall into the sea as part of her Museums at Night “I Want To Fall Day Trip”. I’ll be going to Swansea to follow what happens, but will I end up in the water myself?

Dan Schreiber – co-creator and producer of Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity will tell us about imaginary museums.

Katherine Curran – “Heritage Smells or The Terrible Fate of Tropical Ken”. Delivered entirely in verse, this will be both a description of my research on the conservation of historic plastics and an account of the dreadful things that happened to a Ken doll who found himself in one of UCL’s laboratories.

Roald Dahl Museum storytellers – Wondercrump interactive regaling from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes by two of the very best storytellers from The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Previously described as ‘mad-cap’, ‘high-octane’ and capable of whipping the audience into a frenzy (OK, so most of them were eight years old…) it’s time to prepare to be Dahl-lighted!

Corrinne Burns – At the Science Museum we encourage visitors to leave comments about our exhibits. We get feedback from scientists, museum fans, critics and others… Tonight, I’ll take you on a nine-minute tour of some of the best!

Rebecca Mileham & Dea Birkett –  Sharpen your pencils, it’s time to bring an end to terrible museum text that’s long, boring or basically meaningless. Writers Dea Birkett and Rebecca Mileham share the latest examples from their collection of terrible museum text, and ask why we let museums get away with it.

Lucy Inglis – These are exciting times for museum visitor experiences! I’ll talk about my work with museums & galleries to create new events, including pub crawls debating the rise of philanthropy, LGBT history workshops and walks discussing eighteenth century identity.

Mark Carnall – Everyone who works in museums is in it together right? Sometimes art and science curators can seem worlds apart. Art is often synonymous with ‘culture’ but science museums are more popular with visitors. I’ll ask why can’t we just all get along and share the best of both worlds.

Tickets for the gig are £7 and are available from the Bloomsbury Theatre ticket website or in person at the box office (where there’s no transaction fee). All proceeds are going to Arts Emergency who offer mentoring, advice & support for 16-19 year olds from diverse backgrounds who want to do an arts or humanities degree … just the kind of qualification you need to work in a museum!

This gig is suitable for people aged over 16 years old.

Museums Showoff Manchester 2, May 29 – LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

Hello Manchester! Are you ready for some top class museum-related entertainment? We’ve lined up the creme de la creme of Manucian museum talent to reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects, and thanks to those lovely folk at the Institute of Cultural Practices 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 Engine Hall at the People’s History Museum on Thursday 29 May. Doors open at 6.30pm. 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.

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

Steve Cross – your bespectacled compère and wearer of nerdy t shirts. He will tell jokes, muck about and try to keep things to time.

Catherine Robins – In June, Unlocking Ideas Worth Fighting For – a joint project between the People’s History Museum and Working Class Movement Library – will host a 24-hour hackathon. What, why and how are all questions we’ve been grappling with. As the event deadline looms I will be talking about the event to come and about finally having the answers to those questions. Well, *hopefully* having the answers – don’t want to jinx it.

Charlie Battersby – Fuzzy Duck are a creative agency who approach our work with museums and galleries like wide eyed and wondrous children, with curiosity, joy and daring. I’ll be talking about a recently completed project with the Manchester United Museum from the perspective of both a designer and mildly obsessive, impressionable and ultimately proud, life long United fan.

Irving Czechowicz – I’ll tell you about the unique  story of Maharaja the Asian Elephant who walked from Scotland to Manchester and ended up on the first floor of the Manchester Museum.

Jennifer Reid – Local singer Jennifer Reid will discuss and perform working class songs from Chetham’s Library’s nineteenth-century broadside ballad collection.

Angela Whitecross & Jennifer Mabbott – ReCycle Rochdale is a collaborative art project between Rochdale Pioneers Museum, artist Richard Dawson and a youth group in Rochdale exploring co-operatives and cycling, which will to mark the Tour De France passing through the borough. This result is a co-operative kinetic bike art sculpture, which will be part of our ‘Journey into Co-operative Cycling’ exhibition. This set will document the truly co-operative nature of this exciting project and showcase the final creation!

Alison Atkin – Out of Sight. How being alone in a room filled with brains at MOSI, severely craving the effects of caffeine, and one off-hand tweet resulted in a series of short stories.

Ingrid Francis – I’ll divulge some of the opinions I heard during my recent research into museums’ use of social media to encourage visitors to engage with collections.

 

Museums Showoff with M+H Show, May 14 – LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

It’s May! The sun is out, the sky is blue and we have a night of amazing museum-y fun lined up!

We’ve teamed up with with the folks at the Museums + Heritage Show for a special post-Show gig. Join us on Wednesday 14th May downstairs at the ArchangelKensington High Street, W8where our line up of top museum talent will entertain, intrigue and amaze you. Doors open 6.30pm. Entry is free, but we will be collecting on the door for our charity of the month. 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, keeping things to time, mucking about and poking fun at museums.

Stella Duffy & Sarah-Jane Rawlings – Arts and sciences, participants as activists and audience as makers – Fun Palaces offers all this and more. On October 4/5 this year 75+ Fun Palaces will pop up across the UK and internationally in museums, parks, libraries – wherever the community wants them. Tonight, as a taster – The 9 Minute Mini Fun Palace!

Matthew Ward – Broadcaster and edutainer, Matthew Ward, has suffered and died in ‘Horrible Histories’, and lived and thrived on history from childhood. Find out about the strange, silly and sinister experiences he’s had in museums and heritage properties.

Michele Fuirer – “Coming here has been very important for me because although I have lost so much language, I am learning to see”. I will describe a long term project for people with aphasia run by the community learning team at Tate Modern and show a short film made in which Michael Hussey describes some of the ways his experience has been transformed by looking at art.

Diana Pearce –  A presentation about the #FlashmobScience project which aims to highlight the scientific links of historic places/historic objects within a museum or organisation through talks, demonstrations and question & answer sessions. It will be fun, I am sometimes known to turn up in some sort of costume!

Stephen Wolstenholme – In Here Today, Obsolete Tomorrow, Stephen Wolstenholme tells how he is creating a mobile museum of obsolete technology in an ex-NHS vehicle.  So put away your touch screens, get nostalgic for your old gadgets, and hear about the challenge of designing, operating, funding and exhibiting a private, travelling museum.

Selina Pang – Getting Behind The Glass: the trials and tribulations of photographing iconic museum objects for our iPad app and how we’re using this tech to bring the museum to your gadgets. Includes genetically modified sheep, a space capsule experience and lots of nights at the museum. Let me take you on Journeys of Invention…

Chris Walker – From the mouths of babes; the outstanding reaction of schoolchildren to the new Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre. Just how fired-up do you think this age group can get about a battle 700 years ago? Let’s see…

Mary Godwin – A blatant promo for some of the South West’s museums, with a scientific twist.

Museums Showoff at the Bloomsbury Theatre! June 10th

Do you like museums?

Do you want to hear intriguing insights, get the low down on amazing projects and get all the behind-the-scenes gossip?

Well, we’ve got the show for you!

Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style night for all those who work in and love museums, will be at the Bloomsbury Theatre on Tuesday 10 June where a stellar cast of museum talent will reveal what REALLY goes on in museums!

These are just some of the acts who will be taking to the stage for this extravaganza of wit and wisdom, objects and exhibitions:

Paolo Viscardi – Beyond the Walrus: A tale of rivalry, death, zombies and reconciliation in the secret world of the Horniman Museum’s stores.

Katherine Curran – “Heritage Smells or The Terrible Fate of Tropical Ken”. Delivered entirely in verse, this will be both a description of my research on the conservation of historic plastics and an account of the dreadful things that happened to a Ken doll who found himself in one of UCL’s laboratories.

Roald Dahl Museum storytellers – Wondercrump interactive regaling from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes by two of the very best storytellers from The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Previously described as ‘mad-cap’, ‘high-octane’ and capable of whipping the audience into a frenzy (OK, so most of them were eight years old…) it’s time to prepare to be Dahl-lighted!

Corrinne Burns – At the Science Museum we encourage visitors to leave comments about our exhibits. We get feedback from scientists, museum fans, critics and others… Tonight, I’ll take you on a nine-minute tour of some of the best!

Rebecca Mileham & Dea Birkett –  Sharpen your pencils, it’s time to bring an end to terrible museum text that’s long, boring or basically meaningless. Writers Dea Birkett and Rebecca Mileham share the latest examples from their collection of terrible museum text, and ask why we let museums get away with it.

Lucy Inglis – These are exciting times for museum visitor experiences! I’ll talk about my work with museums & galleries to create new events, including pub crawls debating the rise of philanthropy, LGBT history workshops and walks discussing eighteenth century identity.

Rosie Clarke – I’ll be telling stories about Swansea Museum’s connection to water, featuring Swansea Jack the lifesaving dog, and what happened when artist Amy Sharrocks persuaded the citizens to fall into the sea as part of her Museums at Night “I Want To Fall Day Trip”. I’ll be going to Swansea to follow what happens, but will I end up in the water myself?

Mark Carnall – cheerleader for underwhelming fossils and curator of the Grant Museum.

Plus one more act to be announced!

Tickets for the gig are £7 and are available from the Bloomsbury Theatre ticket website or in person at the box office (where there’s no transaction fee). All proceeds are going to a local charity.

This gig is suitable for people aged over 16 years old.