Hello Norwich! Are you ready for some top class museum-related entertainment? We’ve lined up the best of Norfolk’s museum talent to reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects. Thanks to Museums Norfolk, we’re coming to a venue near you!
Museums Showoff, the open mic night for all those who work in and love museums, will take place at OPEN Club, 28 Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3DS on Thursday 13 June. Doors open at 6.30pm. Book a free ticket via the Eventbrite page. Donations will be requested on the door for OPEN Youth Trust which runs projects to support the education, training and wellbeing of people under 25. We suggest a donation of £5.
Taking to the stage for this extravaganza of wit and wisdom, objects and exhibitions are:
Steve Cross – your compère for the night, he critiques museums through the medium of t-shirts.
Basil Abbott – I will describe how commemorating famous people has paid dividends for Diss Museum and won a string of awards.
Laura Drysdale – Living With Me LIVE: tales of Fred the Head, Barbie and Bertha and sweeping angels’ wings. Women at play with the Sainsbury Centre’s collection.
Sophie Cabot and Christian Charmley – Sit yourself down and treat yourself to ‘How do I Heritage?’: the existential chaos of two ex-archaeologists thrust into a world of desks, corded telephones and central heating. We’ll introduce you to the exciting world of heritage asset management and outreach, regaling you with tales of homicidal schoolchildren, funding battles and the quest to make Heritage Open Days appeal to absolutely everybody in the world ever.
Jamie Everitt – Lord Gnome’s guide to funding applications: I’ll be taking a humorous look at applying for funding with the aid of the enigmatic owner of Private Eye magazine, Lord Gnome. Warning! Contains genuine advice.
Emma Brough & Fiona Ford – The French Connection! Emma Brough and Fiona Ford will show you how NMAS projects are revealing Norfolk’s Norman heritage.
Ruth Battersby Tooke – I will be reading an embroidered letter from the Workhouse and reflecting on the use of textiles as a therapy.
Chris Morshead – Museums – a home for social drifters? I will take a look at how museums can be focal points for groups of people and form “family communities” for different types of people who come in search of their past lives.
Lorna Richardson – A Rummage Through Our Drawers: The University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology will be closing in June for two years for refurbishment. How can we keep you interested in our collections while we are closed, and what kind of objects would you like to see most? I will present a a semi-show-and-tell, looking at some of the objects from the handling collection, how the Museum website currently works and getting audience opinion on what bits of our drawers they’d like to fumble around in?!
Andy Bennett – Former museum interpreter and now a full time poet, Andy will perform extracts from his epic poem about the history of Norwich Castle, Donjon.
Marion Catlin and Roxanne Matthews – We’ll be talking about the idea that a city can be viewed as a public museum, curated by its residents and interpreted through local knowledge. We will look at ways of interpreting some of the lesser known stories that every place has, particularly using digital interventions.