Museums Showoff, July 18 – LINE-UP ANNOUNCED!

Omg, it’s our 30th London gig!

We’re celebrating in style with an incredible show packed with museum-y fun. Join us on Tuesday 18 July, downstairs at The Phoenix, where our brilliant performers will entertain, intrigue and astound you. Doors open 6.45pm, show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/407986

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

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/

Alistair Brown – Will there be any museum funding in five years time (and what is the Treasury’s PIN number?) Who are the 4% of people in the cultural sector who voted for Brexit (and where do they live?) And what happens if a museum sells off some of its old stuff (and will anyone notice?) These are some of the questions that keep Alistair Brown, Policy Officer at the Museums Association, awake at night. Together, we’ll look for answers.

Emily Wiles & Bianca Manu – We’ll talk about our experience of working with Australia based artist Busty Beatz following her residency at Wellcome Collection as part of the Sick of The Fringe Festival in Feb 2017. Busty Beatz created ‘We are the Latest Models of Our Ancestry’, a 3-day Twitter takeover of @ExploreWellcome and an installation confronting uncomfortable truths in one of Wellcome Collection’s permanent galleries. It has fuelled conversations about the museum’s colonial past, cultural blind spots of the present and the urgent need to revise curation of collections in the future.

Mahendra Mahey – A salutary tale laced with drama, humour, despair and inspiration of how the British Library managed to get a giant art piece originally exhibited at the Burning Man festival in Nevada USA to sit in the Library’s ‘Poet’s circle’ outside in the piazza for nearly 6 months. This is a story about what amazing things can happen when Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) open their doors to their collections through digitisation.

Rosie Clarke – Who has a crush on museums? How Culture24 tried out a daily Instagram photography experiment to help shape the look and feel of the new Museum Crush website.

Melinda Haunton – Creating a new archives standard from scratch, in public, with as many people as possible? Looking back at the first years of Archive Service Accreditation, it seems like setting out to climb Everest. But we did it, we’re still standing, and I’m here to answer the questions you didn’t know you had.

Nick Oram & Chloe Petts – Improvised comedy group Do Not Adjust Your Stage talk in collaboration with the National Gallery Young Producers about their sell-out show Blank Canvas –  an improvised comedy show inspired by the paintings in the gallery! The National Gallery Young Producers are a group of 18-25 year olds from diverse backgrounds dedicated to opening up the gallery to young people like them by exploring the collection in new ways.

Sam Perrin – What does a headstone tell you about a life long gone? Join Cemetery Club’s Sam Perrin for a journey through various cemeteries (or ‘people museums’ as we like to call them) to view just how revealing, quirky and witty some people’s final memorials can be. From poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, you’ll never look at a graveyard the same way!

Arti Prashar & Ellie Pridgeon – Spare Tyre is celebrating 40 years of participatory arts with an HLF funded project called ST40; Artistic Director Arti and Archivist Ellie will talk about setting off establishing the archive and recording oral histories. Spare Tyre started as a feminist theatre company. We were one of the first theatre companies to work creatively with schools on gay rights and gender equality. Our work now includes projects with adults with learning disabilities and older people. We don’t often get the chance to think about what we did yesterday, let alone 40 years ago. It’s time to take stock, take pride and preserve some memories.

Laura Southall – Job hunting for the perfect museum role is a lot like dating to find your perfect man – it feels near-impossible, it makes you want to give up and hibernate with cats and it involves a lot of talking about yourself in an array of ridiculous ways. Having survived nearly 18 months of job applications and interviews, Laura will relive the highs and lows (let’s be honest, mainly lows) of finding ‘The One’.

 

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.