Museums Showoff Bristol, 20 March – LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

Hello South West England! Are you ready for some top class museum-related entertainment?

We’ve lined up the creme de la creme of the south-west’s museum talent to reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects. Thanks to those ace people at SW Museums Development Programme we’re coming to a venue near you.

Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style night for all those who work in and love museum, will be at The Grain Barge, Bristol BS8 on Thursday 20 March 2014, Doors open at 7.00pm. Entry is free, but we will be collecting donations on the door for Off the Record, who offer counselling & support to people under 25. We suggest a donation of £5.

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

Steve Cross – your compère for the evening: telling jokes, introducing acts and keeping things to time.

Laura Hilton – Laura Hilton is currently turning a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund into a shiny new Visitor Centre for the 150th anniversary of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. To avoid doing any additional  work, she is using this research to bring you tales of daring (or derring) do and desperation from the archives – with a bit of mythbusting, a world champion who was terrible at hide and seek, and a surprising amount about turnips

Nancy Heath – I’ll be taking an amusing and quirky look at the stories of scandal and bad behaviour of the St John family of Lydiard House. William Shakespeare said that “men’s vows are women’s traitors” and you’ll hear that the St John men were traitors indeed with our tale of mistresses, divorces and illegitimate heirs.

Richard Jaeschke – Busting the myth: how (almost) everything you know about conservation is wrong, what conservators really get up to and why you need to know!

Team SSGB – The many faces of Brunel: amid a sea of assumptions and misconceptions the SS Great Britain team set sail on a voyage of discovery to find the ‘real’ Brunel. Expect ‘riveting’ content!

Liz Neathey – It’s time for museums to take control to achieve sustainable futures. Find out about an innovative programme being delivered through South West Museum Development.

Janine Marriott – Life, death, murder, medicine and madness. All featuring in a whistle stop tour of creepy tales, burrowing badgers, crying kids and family fun at Arnos Vale with Janine Marriott, learning coordinator.

Mark Small – Red Lodge? What’s that? Where is it? Is it open? I didn’t know Bristol had a knot garden! Or an Elizabethan oak-panelled room! A brief introduction to the Red Lodge – who we are, where we are, what we are, and what we want to be in future.

Zak Mensah – Why open practices make Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives better. I think sharing is caring, so I’ll be talking about why I care so much about sharing what we do with digital technology across the service and in public.

Rebecca Clay – Do you remember when ACE told us we should recruit young, trendy ‘Arts Ambassadors’ to attend events unpaid, on behalf of our organisation, and we all laughed? Well they didn’t get it all wrong. I will be looking at the how to get the best out of the people who act as ambassadors for your organisation.

Anna Farthing – Kiss: A Story of Life and Death. Share a disturbing discovery from the Thackray Museum’s ‘Magic of Medicine’ exhibition and hear about the UK Medical Collections Group’s current ACE funded project, ‘From the Medicine Cabinet’.

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