Museums Showoff, Jan 23 – SIGN UP!

Omg, we’re doing EVEN MORE SHOWING OFF!

Yes, there’ll be more top class museum action on Tuesday 23 January 2018 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? Then you’re our kind of person! We welcome 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/h7ix8g9mve5ekkyh

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/

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Museums Showoff, Nov 21 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY! It’s time for MORE MUSEUM-Y FUN!

We’ve lined up top museum talent to entertain, astound and intrigue you. Join us on Tuesday 21 November, 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/421828

Taking to the stage for this extravaganza of wit & wisdom, objects & 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/

Terri Dendy & Vicky Singleton – Namstall – Installing the new national army museum. How do you install the collection back into a museum? Well, you can be sure it doesn’t always go to plan! We won’t tell you how to do it but we’ll give you an idea of how the namstall team got through it with good humour, collections care and exceptional speed.

Tatiana der Parthogh – Some people can’t keep their hands off other people’s stuff. One hears about home burglaries, bank robberies & jewellery thefts and these are not too different from the more elaborate museum heists. The Art Loss Register’s Tatiana der Parthogh, who’s background includes art & forensics, will shed light on the lesser known aspects of art recovery.

David Hingley – Operations is a specialism too! A Light-hearted look at the bizarre but necessary world of ‘Operations’ (possibly shot through with moments of heartache and darkness). What is Ops? Why isn’t it a ‘specialism’? Does a good evacuation plan really drive visitor numbers? And how do you get staff to return all that cutlery they’ve ‘borrowed’ from the visitor cafes? Finally, and most tangentially, will anything Palace Operations have planned affect the milk?

Jack Ashby – Natural history museum displays are biased in many ways: not all animals are created equally. Is it fair that specimens of the boring beasts we find in our everyday lives, like cats, chickens, mice, rats, cows and dogs have been banished from the galleries? INTRODUCING…. The Museum of Ordinary Animals!

Ruby Hodgson – “If fashion is to play a part in the museum, I think it should not be done at the expense of the other and more serious activities of the Textiles Department”. So wrote GFW Digby in 1971, then Curator of Textiles at the V&A. Join Ruby to look at the historic dismissal and marginalisation of “women’s things” in museum collections, early curators of dress, and the impact they’ve had on how we perceive fashion in museums today.

Sarah Titheridge – Ever wondered how art and artefacts get on the walls, a plinth or hang from the ceiling, move from place to place, live their life when not on display? Sarah Titheridge will take us behind the scenes of the art and artefact technical world so you can see the unseen, from A to Z!

Tom Verran –  I’ll be talking about the red ropes and closed doors that blight so many museums and historic houses. What secrets lie behind them? What treasures are being kept from us? Am I the only person who works in museums just to get that sweet access to forbidden places?!

Michael McHugh – The Lexicon of the Bad Museum is an ongoing public archive and ethnographic project designed to document and record some of the amazing language used by museum professionals in a wide range of contexts within the heritage industry.

 

Museums Showoff, Nov 21 – SIGN UP!

Hot on the heals of our STORMING first gig of season 6, it’s time for MORE SHOWING OFF!

Yes, there’ll be more top class museum action on Tuesday 21 November, downstairs at The Phoenix.

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, visitors, 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/nn8h6dmnp38946tf

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, Sept 19 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY!

It’s time for more museum-y fun, and omg, what an incredible show we’ve got for you! Join us on Tuesday 19 September, downstairs at The Phoenix, where our brilliant performers will reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects. Doors open 6.45pm, show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/415002

Showing off their all round museum-y awesomeness 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/

Cynthia Adobea-Aidoo – How do you go about starting a learning programme for schools, families and adults in a building that hasn’t been open for almost 700 years? Don’t ask me! I’m still figuring it out. Come along to hear about collaborations and commiserations as I discuss the “Revealing the Charterhouse” project. Spoiler alert, I’m still working on the “Revealing” bit.

Mari Takayanagi – Did you know that in the early 19th century women could only watch debates in the House of Commons from a ventilator in the attic space above? And after that they were confined to a cage? In 2018 Parliament will be celebrating ‘Vote 100’, the centenary of votes for some women – find out what else its archives reveal about the suffragists, the suffragettes, and hear about the exciting plans for 2018.

Clair Le Couteur – Some artworks don’t just occupy museum spaces, but claim to *be* museums themselves. How can these fictive museums unsettle the relationship between things and labels in the museum, and why might that matter?

Hannah Tyler – The great @Horse_ebooks once tweeted “everything happens so much” and in terms of quantum physics they are pretty spot on because everything that is, was, and will ever be, is happening at this very moment. If history exists right now, what does that mean for museum spaces and our perception of time? 

Tom Flynn – Doing the things you like can sometimes lead to a job you love, but it’s not always a direct route or a smooth ride. I’d like to share some things I’ve learned on my journey from dropping out of university to becoming cultural heritage lead at an international tech startup.

Gemma Murray – The Lion Man of Hohlenstein-Stadel, shown in Ice Age Art at the British Museum in 2013, is believed to be the oldest art object in existence. It features in arguments surrounding the history of Homo sapiens and predictions on AI and the posthuman. I’ll be talking about its ability to make us question where we come from and where we are going.

Alice Procter – Alice is an alliterative Australian art historian. After graduating and not knowing what to do with herself, she created The Exhibitionist, a podcast about galleries, and Uncomfortable Art Tours, a sightly secret programme exploring colonial legacies in British institutions. She’ll be talking about creating alternative narratives in museums, making people uncomfortable on purpose, and why kitsch is the key to a post-colonial world.

Arna Spek – For the last 7 years Arna has been working as part of the front of house staff before finally making the  move to another department. Join her as she closes this chapter for now by remembering 10 minutes of highlights of crazy, insane and hilarious visitor stories of years of welcoming Londoners into the Museum of London. What do you think is the weirdest question she had to deal with?

 

 

Museums Showoff, Sept 19 – SIGN UP!

Woohoo! We’re starting our SIXTH season of museum-y fun!

It’s time to discover EVEN MORE behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and plans for museum-world domination.

We’ll be back on Tuesday 19 September 2017, downstairs at The Phoenix. 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, museum retail people, front of house folk, fundraisers, 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/z3n2k2qgvq4fz5p3

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, 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/