Hoorah! It’s nearly spring. The days are longer, there are buds on the trees, birds are singing, I’m sure there will be warm weather, sun and blue skies very soon… We should celebrate! What better way to do that than spend an evening listening to 10 amazing people entertain you with stories and songs about museums?
Museums Showoff will be at the Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebery Ave, EC1 on Wednesday March 6th. Doors are at 7pm. Entry is free, but we will be collecting on the door for our charity of the month, Peckham Shed, which runs innovative theatre workshops in a supportive place for 5-17 year olds living in and around SE London. We strongly suggest a donation of £5.
Strutting their stuff on stage in an extravaganza of behind-the-scenes revelations, wit and wisdom are:
Steve Cross – Your compère for the evening. Steve tells jokes, eats sweets and wears silly t-shirts, sometimes simultaneously.
Gemma Holland & Meredith Wood – Join a dynamic duo from the Museum of Brands in Notting Hill for an interactive and explosive show-case of consumer history. Meet items from the collection and hear wondrous facts about the unique and vast treasures on display as well as win free tickets to the Museum. Described by visitors as a “hidden treasure” the team is here to show you that everything has a story waiting to be told.
Tim Gardom – Take to the streets! The right place for culture is outside a museum. Tim
Gardom explains, attempting the Pecha Kucha format (20 slides, 20 seconds per
Dan Schreiber – For the last 5 years I’ve been co-running a museum on radio called The Museum Of Curiosity. We have a great collection including the Big Bang when it was the size of a grapefruit, the first story ever told, and Nothing. I’ve recently noticed that other museums have some pretty good stuff too. So I’ve made a list of things I’d like to plunder from them all.
Tom Miles – I will talk about the project to digitise a representative sample of the Museum of Writing’s collection, introducing objects from the collection and discussing how social media has enabled the collection to be brought to a wider audience.
Dan Simpson – I’m going to be talking about how videogames are (and are not) represented in museums / galleries, and raising the whole ‘are videogames art?’ type questions. But, you know, in a funny way.
Anouk Gouvras – I work at the Natural History Museum, one of 300 scientists. I will talk a bit about working at the NHM, some random fun facts, how the NHM became involved in controlling a debilitating parasitic disease in sub-Saharan Africa (Schistosomiasis aka Bilharzia), the Schistosome Collection at the NHM and there may be a very geeky Schisto song at the end.
Sarah Punshon – Telling lies and resisting dinosaurs; or, what happened when a theatre director was let loose on the Natural History Museum for a year. Complete with pictures of small happy children and a game of Spot the Scientist.
Jack Ashby – Natural history museums, whilst being awesome, are deeply unrepresentative of nature – it’s often said that 95% of known animal species are smaller than your thumb, but have you noticed how most museums fill their displays with big animals? To right this wrong, the Grant Museum has built The Micrarium – a beautiful back-lit cave displaying 2323 microscope slides containing amazingly prepared miniscule animals – hoping to give some attention to the huge diversity of tiny lives.
Martin Austwick – Singer-songwriter Martin Austwick has never worked for a museum, although he has been in one, and has played at the British Library (which is like a museum for books) until everyone started shushing him and security arrived. He has songs about old things (well, Gutenberg’s printing press) and dust (well, Brownian Motion) so he imagines he’ll feel right at home at Museum Showoff.