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/

Museums Showoff, Nov 22 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

Hot on the heals of our STORMING first gig of the season, 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 22 November, 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/380210

Strutting their museum-y stuff on stage will be:

Gregory Akerman – the least working man in show business and one time employee of the science museum, Gregory will take your hand and guide you through this evening’s festivities. Gregory’s shows have acquired over 50 stars (the distribution of these is of little importance) and he’s been on the radio and everything, so you’re in safe hands!

Kristin Hussey – Looking for Victorian eyes in the medical museum. Yep, it’s about what it sounds like. The Victorians were obsessed with their eyes, but when I went to museums to research the topic for my PhD, I was at a loss. Where did all the eyes in museums go? Were they ever there in the first place?

Katie Childs – Three tweets a week, firearms and a horse vertebrae in the shape of John Wesley: influencing Government policy. NMDC represents the leaders of the UK’s national collections and major regional museums, and it is Katie’s job to find ways to influence Government policies which affect museums. In her set, she share her influencing ideas.

James Lattin – Dr James Lattin will provide an update on the Museum of Imaginative Knowledge’s first ever tour of North America, including theories around the Flat Earth and New England’s largest toothbrush.

Melanie Malherbe – A behind the scenes glimpse into the making of a nail-biting 10-part conservation mini series. The series tracks the conservation of a Romano-British Cinerary urn to get it ready for an long term international adventure.

Adrian Steel – The Postal Museum is a place with a past… and an exciting future, including its own railway! Journey with me from one to the other, voting on a series of choices presented along the way.

Anna Stothard – I’m a novelist and a hoarder of autobiographical possessions, fascinated by the art of telling stories using objects. I’ll be reading from my new novel, The Museum of Cathy, which is set over twenty four hours in a natural history museum about a young woman who curates a museum of her own life.

Kevin Gosling – Three years ago, on Benjamin Britten’s hundredth birthday, the musical world threw the biggest party ever seen for any composer. Kevin Gosling sums up the things he learned as Communications Director for Britten 100, based at the centre of the whole global shindig: the Red House in Aldeburgh.

Simon Watt – I’ll be talking about art, psychology and working out exactly what is wrong with our audience.

 

Museums Showoff, Nov 22 – SIGN UP!

Omg, we’re doing EVEN MORE SHOWING OFF!

Yes, there’ll be more top class museum action on Tuesday 22 November at The Phoenix, W1, and WE NEED YOU!

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/r56xuqdzvgtskv5w

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, Oct 18 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY!

It’s time to kick off  another season of museum-y fun, and omg, what an incredible show we’ve got for you! Join us on Tuesday 18 October, downstairs at The Phoenix, where our brilliant performers will entertain, intrigue and astound you. Doors open 7pm,. Tickets are £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/376009

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

Gregory Akerman – Everybody’s favourite esoteric comic, the elusive, enigmatic, effervescent comic Gregory Akerman, shall shepherd us through this wonderful evening. He has written this – he is excited. www.gregoryakerman.org

Eddie Johnston & Ben Whittle – This evening marks the debut performance of “Explainers! The Musical: A Story of Life and Learning”, the new musical extravaganza from Whittle and Johnston. Marvel as your two stars attempt to cram cumulative eight years of experience in museum education into less than 10 minutes, covering all your favourite musical tropes as they do!

Sally James and Ella Hewitt – Transforming an empty Georgian house with a confusing history into an edgy new visitor attraction. With no set visitor route or red rope, boot sale finds on display, and restored rag rolled paint schemes, Rainham Hall is not your typical National Trust property.

Charlotte Hopkins – Horror in Greater London Council Film Censorship files! I’ll delve into the London Metropolitan Archives to find out was deemed ‘horrific’. Be strong, as this archive story promises to, “offer no relief, hope of remedy, or escape.” Starring Dracula, Frankenstein and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre amongst others. Enter in to the Dark Eyes of London.

Claire Haggerty – I’ll be speaking about my experiences working as a team leader in a busy disability access department. I’ll also talk about my Masters thesis looking into disability access in heritage settings and how that provision is planned for according to different audience needs and operational restrictions.

John Kannenberg – The Museum of Portable Sound brings the culture of sound to the world, one listener at a time – literally, as you have to make an appointment for a private tour. I’ll be talking about the Museum’s collections, playing some of its sounds, and revealing why this museum is not an app – it’s an experience.

Catherine Jones – I really love LEDs in the Science museum! I’ll talk about how I turned Lightning data, LEDs and anti static bags into a sculpture for a secret art exhibition.

Holly Parsons – How do you create a successful work force development programme? I’ll tell you about my experiences of the Royal Pavilion and Museums’ programme.

Bhavani Esapathi – Bhavani Esapathi Co-Directs MOOCs on Arts Management at The Goethe-Institut whilst having founded a health startup jointly funded by Innovate UK & Arts Council England called The Invisible Labs. Proudly unemployable but having worked with numerous museums & galleries across Europe, Bhavani will be talking about ‘how to make shit happen’ within the museums sector in an age where all of us are overcoming financial challenges in the arts.

 

Museums Showoff, 18 Oct – SIGN UP!

HOORAY!

We’re back! And we’ve got an amazing new venue!

It’s time to kick off a new season of museum fun and discover EVEN MORE behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing projects and plans for museum-world domination.

Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style event for all those who love museums, will be back on Tuesday 18 October 2016, downstairs at The Phoenix, Cavendish Square, 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 would like 9 minutes to tell us anything museum-y in any way you like, sign up here: https://doodle.com/poll/uqtifgt2gcfq5a85

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

Museums Showoff, May 24 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

Hooray! The sun is out, the birds are singing, the sky is blue and it’s time for more museum-y fun!

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 24 May 2016, where our brilliant performers will astonish and amaze you. For this show we’ll be at Cafe 1001, 91 Brick LaneDoors open 7pm, with the gig starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 – get yours here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/360607

Taking to the stage in all their museum-y glory will be:

Naomi Paxton – your MC for the night, Naomi can act, juggle, tell jokes and write academic papers, sometimes all at once! Check out her work at www.naomipaxton.co.uk

Katherine McAlpine – All museums have got slightly cringeworthy euphemistic terms for the people they’re trying to get through the door. But what about the people who are already here? I share some observations of my favourite audience groups who visit the National Maritime Museum, from clock botherers to right-on leftie families.

Tim Dunn – Drunk in Museums; Drunk Aboard Steam Trains. Tim Dunn takes us on a drink-along whistle-stop tour of places he half remembers through the medium of receipts and tweeted selfies.

Daniella Hadley – How do you squeeze a bizarre assortment of museum and heritage roles into just a 9 minute set? Well, let’s find out! From Bubbles to Obama, I’ll be sharing highlights from my time in the sector

Danny Garside – Danny is a researcher at UCL, exploring how museums use lighting. What is the ideal museum lighting? What do the numbers mean? How do we light whilst limiting damage? Danny will answer none of these questions and more…

Katie Birkwood – John Dee might be Tudor England’s most (in)famous cult figure, revered and reviled as a scholar, courtier, magician and more. At the Royal College of Physicians we’ve uncovered the man behind the myth using books that Dee himself once owned: find out how.

Elisha Mason – Unexpected mummified feet, duplicate Santas and the Great Jam Heist: just some of the things I’ve experienced as a museum trainee. I’ll be sharing some of the weird, wonderful and colourful moments I’ve had so far in the mad world of museums, and why now more than ever I’m sure I want to spend the rest of my life working in them.

Sara Wajid – I’ll be sharing highlights from my adventures smashing the museum patriarchy, including surviving feminist leadership boot camp with 20 overachievers and how to keep a straight face when Shami Chakrabarti makes you cheer for Tampon Day.

Adam Koszary – What do you do when you find a freshly dead mouse in a Victorian mousetrap, itself a museum object? Like any sensible museum, you put it on the internet and go viral. Let me walk you through the Museum of English Rural Life’s 15 minutes of global fame. 

AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!