Museums Showoff, July 18 – SIGN UP!

Hot on the heals of our last STORMING gig, it’s time for MORE SHOWING OFF!

Yes, there’ll be more top class museum action on Tuesday 18 July at The Phoenix, W1.

If you’ve got something to say about museums and want to talk / sing / dance / tell jokes / recite poetry about it, then you’re our kind of person! We welcome curators, retail people, funders, academics, visitor services assistants, fundraisers, volunteers, security folk… and anyone else who’s got something to say about museums, archives, heritage & collections.

If you would like 9 minutes to tell us anything museum-y in any way you like, sign up here: https://doodle.com/poll/pymc2rz634q6hhiz

If you’re wondering what this showing off thing is all about, and whether you should take part, read this: https://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/about2/

Museums Showoff, May 23 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY! It’s time for MORE TOP MUSEUM ACTION!

We’ve lined up the crème de la crème of museum talent to entertain, astound and intrigue you. Join us on Tuesday 23 May, downstairs at The Phoenix. Doors open at 6.45pm, the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/401037

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

Naomi Paxton – she acts, she does magic, she’s an expert on suffrage plays AND she’s your compere for the night! Find out more about our multi-talented MC here: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

Adam Koszary – My animated GIFs brought alive the amazing (and often stupid) centuries-old illustrations of Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries. Come see how I lowered the tone of an august institution while managing to still educate as well as entertain.

Jackie Keily – Add together 68,000-years-worth of London history, tens of thousands of objects, 200 archaeologists, over 100 kms of railway, eight tunnel boring machines and a saint. Divide by the available gallery space and showcases, and the result is ‘Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail’. Find out more in 9 minutes!

Subhadra Das & Miranda Lowe – Racism is structural and it continues to be reiterated through monolithic institutions, most notably educational institutions like museums and universities. In a reprisal of their recent NatSCA 2017 Conference paper, Miranda Lowe and Subhadra Das will describe how natural history museums were and continue to be racist and – more importantly – suggest what they can do to change.

Rachel Rose Reid – Do you want to open minds? Maybe even hearts? Rachel will share how storytelling builds joyful, authentic connections to collections, and why the imperfections and dark sides of certain tales are better dived into than left behind.

Jenny Judova & Ed Lawless – When do you know that you ’emerged’ as a museum professional? Jenny and Ed will be talking about the London Emerging Museum Professionals Network, what it’s like to be emerging in a museum field and the importance of having peers to talk to.

Matt Abbott – One of the strengths of poetry is connecting images, memory, creativity and information; so using poetry in musuem spaces is a match made in heaven. I’ll be discussing my relationship with three key museums and galleries, plus performing snippets of my work.

Dan Vo – Explore the presence of LGBTQ individuals and communities within different time periods and cultures at the V&A museum. From the comfort of your seat, you’ll go on a virtual seven and a half mile tour of the museum: from the flamboyant to the modest, comic to the tragic, you’ll hear about the historical queer stories that need to be shared and remembered.

Nick Harris & Lee Roberts – What happened when British Museum curator Dr Irving Finkel went head to head with YouTuber Tom Scott over the Royal Game of Ur – the world’s oldest playable board game? Nick Harris & Lee Roberts were there, and they filmed it!

Museums Showoff, May 23 – SIGN UP!

Hey London! We want to know EVERYTHING about museums!

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!

There’ll be more museum-y intrigue & entertainment on Tuesday 23 May, downstairs at The Phoenix. We welcome visitor services assistants, fundraisers, retail people, volunteers, security folk, curators, funders, academics… and anyone else who’s got something to say about museums, archives, heritage & collections.

If you’d like 9 mins to strut your museum-y stuff, sign up here: https://doodle.com/poll/zfzqmggsdy4fducd

If you’re wondering want on earth this showing off malarkey’s all about, and whether you should take part, read this:  https://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/about2/

Museums Showoff, March 21 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY! It’s time for MORE SHOWING OFF!

We’ve lined up the creme de la creme of museum talent to reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects. Join us on Tuesday 21 March, downstairs at The Phoenix, where our brilliant performers will astonish and amaze you. Doors open 6.45pm, show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/392741

Strutting their museum-y stuff on stage will be:

Naomi Paxton – your compère for the night, Naomi is an awesome performer and an academic. She acts, juggles, does magic and is an expert on suffrage plays! Find out more here: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

Rosie Lampard – Rosie will be reporting from the front lines of visitor services in heritage with some of the peculiar and wonderful questions visitors ask.

Sheldon Goodman – Cemeteries. No, no, don’t shudder. Cemeteries are remarkable open spaces that capture the beauty of human nature and are literal museums of the dead. Sheldon Goodman, of Cemetery Club.co.uk, will give you a brief introduction to some of the weird and wacky characters that lie beneath the surface – odd names, beautiful headstones – Sheldon’s nine minutes will have you going to your nearest one to find out more about our history.

Prachi Joshi – Case 101: Uncovering the Universal Museum (at the British Museum.) My MA project invites people to evaluate the British Museum as a Universal Museum through a roleplaying event: a case, lawyers, jury and the Musuem. An alternative perspective to the Museum.

Eleanor Margolies – Why do we see in a flash but take so long to say what we see? The process of describing objects for blind and partially sighted visitors is a chance to slow down and think about the complicated nature of visual perception.

Catherine Freeman – Knowing about the history of teddy bears is essential. It must be as we have to tell thousands of children but we are concerned that adults are unaware of the tale of the bear and so feel charged to rectify this.

Harriet Braine – Harriet Braine is a musical comedian* who sings about art history. She also works at the National Maritime Museum, and has written a song specially for Museums Showoff about it. *She’s a Funny Women Stage Award winner!

Miranda Stearn – There are a few things that make me sad about Cambridge – the uninterrupted stream of bikes, the selfie-sticks, the overpriced wine bar next door. But the thing that makes me saddest is the knowledge that Cambridge ranks 5th worst in the country on the social mobility index, and we systematically fail our young people from low income backgrounds. I’m going to tell you a bit about how the University of Cambridge Museums and our partners are hoping to help change this.

Korantema Anyimadu – Korantema will be performing a spoken word piece compiled from snippets of conversations she’s had, about people’s deepest, darkest and most shameful museum thoughts…

Museums Showoff, March 21 – SIGN UP!

Hot on the heals of our STORMING first gig of 2017, it’s time for MORE SHOWING OFF!

Yes, there’ll be more top class museum action on Tuesday 21 March at The Phoenix, W1.

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? We welcome curators, funders, academics, visitor services assistants, fundraisers, retail people, volunteers, security folk… and anyone else who’s got something to say about museums, archives, heritage & collections.

If you would like 9 minutes to tell us anything museum-y in any way you like, sign up here: https://doodle.com/poll/6itgcinszqqkv2fx

If you’re wondering what this showing off thing is all about, and whether you should take part, read this: https://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/about2/

Museums Showoff, Jan 24 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY!

We’re back for 2017!

We’re kicking off the new year with another incredible line up of top museum talent. Join us on Tuesday 24 January, downstairs at The Phoenix , where our brilliant performers will entertain, intrigue and amaze you. Doors open 6.45pm, show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 (+ 60p booking fee), get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/386884

Strutting their museum-y stuff on stage will be:

Naomi Paxton – your compere for the night, Naomi is a performer and an academic. Her ‘portfolio’ career thus far has included acting, comedy, puppetry, magic and lots and lots of suffrage theatre. Find out more: www.naomipaxton.co.uk

Sacha Coward – Scaring Children Sh*tless! Is it ok for museums to scare kids? But what if it makes them lose control of their bodily functions?! Sacha Coward (ex child scarer and current social justice warrior wannabe at the National Maritime Museum) will spill the beans on why scaring children can be a good thing but can get a bit… messy…

Erica McAlister – Dead flies are the best flies? In Life and Death flies are the best species on the planet and I work with the best collection to highlight this FACT. Even in death, the four million flies in the collection are working to save your planet!

The Queer Cabinet Brigade – Why is queer history still closeted in filing cabinets? Members of the Queer Cabinet Brigade present fabulous tales from queer history and dreams + schemes for an LGBTQI+ history museum in London.

Claire Madge – My alter ego, Tincture of Museum, will be giving a 9 minute light hearted look at what autism is and explaining why autism and museums are the perfect fit given a little time and effort.

Mark Taylor – Are people who don’t go to museums waiting for the sector to bring them into the light? I’ll use national-level data to show that museums’ diversity problem is much worse for the museums than it is for the people are trying to reach.

Fiona Candlin – I’ll be talking about spending £1million on devising maps of UK museums from 1960 until now (and how I managed to get the cash!).

The National Archives – In 1895, Oscar Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency for his relationship with Alfred Douglas, and sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour. We’ll be performing a short play that brings to life the words of Oscar Wilde and his supporters – all taken directly from the trial and prison records in The National Archives collection.

George Eksts – I’m a photographer at the V&A and an artist using digital media. I’ll be talking about how a museum could make 3D digital copies of objects, and how an artist might use and adapt these as part of their practice.

Museums Showoff, 24 Jan – SIGN UP!

Let’s face it, 2016 has been a bit shit.

Best make sure 2017 has an ace start with some top class museum-y showing off!

Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style night for all those who love museums, will be back on Tuesday 24 January 2017 at The Phoenix, W1.

If you’ve got something to say about museums and want to talk / sing / dance / tell jokes / recite poetry about it, then you’re our kind of person! We welcome curators, front of house folk, fundraisers, retail people, volunteers, security folk, visitors, funders, academics … and anyone else who’s got something to say about museums, archives, heritage & collections.

If you haven’t performed for us in the last 6 months and you’d like 9 minutes to show off anything about museums in any way you’d like, sign up to strut your stuff on stage here:

https://doodle.com/poll/pabku856bvvsdbxv

If you’re wondering what this showing off malarkey is all about, and whether you should take part, read this: https://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/about2/