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!

Museums Showoff, May 24 – SIGN UP!

We’ve had A LOT of fun at our last gigs.

We’ve had intriguing, amazing, witty and sometimes just down right bizarre tales from museums. What more is there to discover about museums, their collections, their visitors, the people who work in them and what they get up to? Well you tell us!

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!

Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style event for all those who love museums, will be back on 24 May 2016 at The Slaughtered Lamb. We’re looking for curators, conservators, trustees, directors, designers, administrators, volunteers, critics, visitors services assistants, shop assistants, security staff, funders, academics…or anyone else with something to show off about museums.

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/434amm4v9ishpbdm

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, April 5 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

Hooray! It’s spring! Soon there will be sunshine and blue sky and flowers…and more top class museum-related entertainment!

Join us on Tuesday 5th April at The Slaughtered Lamb where the crème de la crème of museum folk will entertain, intrigue and amaze you. Doors open 7pm. Tickets are £5, get one here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/353675

Showing off their all round museum-y awesomeness 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

Aditi Anand & Emily Miller – How do you start a museum from scratch…about a politically charged topic…in a time of museum cuts? We’ll tell you about the roller coaster ride of a museum start up and the uncertain but exciting future of The Migration Museum Project.

Sacha Coward – Royal Museums Greenwich just celebrated its first ever LGBT history month and we did it in a big way! I want to talk about how amazing this was and share some of my experiences including; Bestiality as a topic for children’s workshops, how to use a Viking horn she-wee and the horror of squid mouth-impregnation…

Tom Underwood – Come and hear how London Campaign Against Arms Trade uses Thomas the Tank Engine costumes, homemade zombie masks, cardboard drones and plastic scythes to protest against the arms trade’s sponsorship of museums in the capital.

Becky Hogg – Becky will deliver a one-woman show exploring her experience of trying to break into the museums sector in a paid capacity. Having recently completed a course entitled ‘Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum’ through FutureLearn, Becky is determined to apply her outsider skills to working in museums. Using anecdotes from her experiences, this performance delivers a satirical view of the meaning and ethics behind ‘free labour’ in the art world.

Alex Jackson – As trainees we’re known as the babies of the museum sector, but what do actual babies have to say about museums? I’ll be sharing some hilarious, adorable and down-right inspirational thoughts straight out of the mouths of babes!

Sara Huws – When the new women’s museum on Cable St opened last year, none of us were expecting the whole thing to be devoted to Jack the Ripper. This is the story of how we decided to build something better: the East End Women’s Museum.

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.

Verity-Jane Keefe – The Mobile Museum: An itinerant Museum. A Lending Library. A collection. A public programme. A filmwork. A series of publications. 12 housing estates. 1 London Borough. An ambitious, multi-strand art project conceived, developed and delivered by artist Verity-Jane Keefe is being delivered across the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. She will share images, thought processes, concerns, desires and future plans from the Mobile Museum.

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/353675

Museums Showoff 23, 5th April – SIGN UP!

Hot on the heals of our STORMING first gig of the 2016, it’s time for MORE SHOWING OFF!

Yes, there’ll be more top class museum action on Tuesday 5 April 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? 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/zyf7m9xnmvdyzgfp

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, 2 Feb – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

We’re back for 2016!

Let’s have 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. And we’ve got the first of our new compères!

Join us at The Slaughtered Lamb on 2 February 2016, where our brilliant performers will astonish and amaze you. Doors open 7pm, with the gig starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 – get yours here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/347107

Showing off their museum-y amazingness will be:

Naomi Paxton – your MC for the night, Naomi has an eclectic career so far – from acting in the West End to shadow puppetry in rural Romania via a bit of light juggling. She also regularly performs at comedy, magic and cabaret nights as Ada Campe. Naomi is also an academic, with interests including suffrage plays and theatre and poverty. www.naomipaxton.co.uk

Rosie Clarke – Since 2012, Culture24 have led Connect! – a unique competition where museums can win thousands of pounds and the chance to work with a top contemporary artist on their Museums at Night festival events. From mass nudity to ocean plunges to a deluge of clocks, I’ll share some of the bizarre highlights from this project, and explain why you should pitch for an artist in 2016!

Dea Birkett & Rebecca Mileham – Stand well back, writers Dea Birkett and Rebecca Mileham are about to raid their vaults of terrible museum text and reveal stinkers from all over the world. From labels that are too long and boring to panels that are basically meaningless, they ask how museums get away with it.

Sian Toogood – Do you want to fall 10 metres into a pit filled with  60,000 balls or erect a 38 tonne crane to protect Ben Stiller’s hair? Well if you do then Sian Toogood can help, but only if you want to film it and ONLY if it’s at the British Museum.

Thomas Flynn & Jonathan Beck – Everyone’s talking about 3d scanning, but isn’t it just an expensive fad? Jon and Tom will talk about some cheap accessible methods for turning the physical into the virtual and will give the low down on two projects that put the scans to use – Scan the World’s crowd-sourced archive, and Museum in a Box, which gets objects out of museums and into people’s hands.

Charlotte Hopkins – From the Importance of Being Sexy to Vortex, the Greater London Council Film Censorship files at the London Metropolitan Archive are anything but dull. I’ll provide highlights from the files of these lesser known films that were banned or censored for London audiences in the 1970s. As the Director General said: “The arts are sometimes intended to be disturbing, not reassuring, and what is intended to disturb may sometimes give offence.” Be prepared to be shocked, surprised and amused.

Jenny Blay – Help! I’ve fallen in love with my project plan template. I work at a Museum Learning School in Slough and it is my secret weapon in a world of PPPs, EBIs, HAs and Progress 8.

Megan Gooch – My name is Megan and I’m addicted to coins! But why coins? What is it about small change that holds such allure? What could possibly be so good about coins that I have devoted a sizable portion of my life so far to them? Come along, and I will induct you into the mysterious and amazing world of numismatics where the love of money is not the root of all evil.

Steve Rawlings – A talk on how one mobile game was written before being broken up into ten fully functioning museum apps. I’ll tell you how game technology was employed for the museum experience, what design decision were made, and how it is being developed further.