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…

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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.

Museums Showoff, 24 Jan – SIGN UP!

Let’s face it, 2016 has been a bit shit.

Best make sure 2017 has an ace start with some top class museum-y showing off!

Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style night for all those who love museums, will be back on Tuesday 24 January 2017 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, front of house folk, fundraisers, retail people, volunteers, security folk, visitors, funders, academics … and anyone else who’s got something to say about museums, archives, heritage & collections.

If you haven’t performed for us in the last 6 months and you’d like 9 minutes to show off anything about museums in any way you’d like, sign up to strut your stuff on stage here:

https://doodle.com/poll/pabku856bvvsdbxv

If you’re wondering what this showing off malarkey is all about, and whether you should take part, read this: https://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/about2/

Museums Showoff, Nov 22 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

Hot on the heals of our STORMING first gig of the season, 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 22 November, 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/380210

Strutting their museum-y stuff on stage will be:

Gregory Akerman – the least working man in show business and one time employee of the science museum, Gregory will take your hand and guide you through this evening’s festivities. Gregory’s shows have acquired over 50 stars (the distribution of these is of little importance) and he’s been on the radio and everything, so you’re in safe hands!

Kristin Hussey – Looking for Victorian eyes in the medical museum. Yep, it’s about what it sounds like. The Victorians were obsessed with their eyes, but when I went to museums to research the topic for my PhD, I was at a loss. Where did all the eyes in museums go? Were they ever there in the first place?

Katie Childs – Three tweets a week, firearms and a horse vertebrae in the shape of John Wesley: influencing Government policy. NMDC represents the leaders of the UK’s national collections and major regional museums, and it is Katie’s job to find ways to influence Government policies which affect museums. In her set, she share her influencing ideas.

James Lattin – Dr James Lattin will provide an update on the Museum of Imaginative Knowledge’s first ever tour of North America, including theories around the Flat Earth and New England’s largest toothbrush.

Melanie Malherbe – A behind the scenes glimpse into the making of a nail-biting 10-part conservation mini series. The series tracks the conservation of a Romano-British Cinerary urn to get it ready for an long term international adventure.

Adrian Steel – The Postal Museum is a place with a past… and an exciting future, including its own railway! Journey with me from one to the other, voting on a series of choices presented along the way.

Anna Stothard – I’m a novelist and a hoarder of autobiographical possessions, fascinated by the art of telling stories using objects. I’ll be reading from my new novel, The Museum of Cathy, which is set over twenty four hours in a natural history museum about a young woman who curates a museum of her own life.

Kevin Gosling – Three years ago, on Benjamin Britten’s hundredth birthday, the musical world threw the biggest party ever seen for any composer. Kevin Gosling sums up the things he learned as Communications Director for Britten 100, based at the centre of the whole global shindig: the Red House in Aldeburgh.

Simon Watt – I’ll be talking about art, psychology and working out exactly what is wrong with our audience.

 

Museums Showoff, Nov 22 – SIGN UP!

Omg, we’re doing EVEN MORE SHOWING OFF!

Yes, there’ll be more top class museum action on Tuesday 22 November at The Phoenix, W1, and WE NEED YOU!

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/r56xuqdzvgtskv5w

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, Oct 18 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY!

It’s time to kick off  another season of museum-y fun, and omg, what an incredible show we’ve got for you! Join us on Tuesday 18 October, downstairs at The Phoenix, where our brilliant performers will entertain, intrigue and astound you. Doors open 7pm,. Tickets are £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/376009

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

Gregory Akerman – Everybody’s favourite esoteric comic, the elusive, enigmatic, effervescent comic Gregory Akerman, shall shepherd us through this wonderful evening. He has written this – he is excited. www.gregoryakerman.org

Eddie Johnston & Ben Whittle – This evening marks the debut performance of “Explainers! The Musical: A Story of Life and Learning”, the new musical extravaganza from Whittle and Johnston. Marvel as your two stars attempt to cram cumulative eight years of experience in museum education into less than 10 minutes, covering all your favourite musical tropes as they do!

Sally James and Ella Hewitt – Transforming an empty Georgian house with a confusing history into an edgy new visitor attraction. With no set visitor route or red rope, boot sale finds on display, and restored rag rolled paint schemes, Rainham Hall is not your typical National Trust property.

Charlotte Hopkins – Horror in Greater London Council Film Censorship files! I’ll delve into the London Metropolitan Archives to find out was deemed ‘horrific’. Be strong, as this archive story promises to, “offer no relief, hope of remedy, or escape.” Starring Dracula, Frankenstein and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre amongst others. Enter in to the Dark Eyes of London.

Claire Haggerty – I’ll be speaking about my experiences working as a team leader in a busy disability access department. I’ll also talk about my Masters thesis looking into disability access in heritage settings and how that provision is planned for according to different audience needs and operational restrictions.

John Kannenberg – The Museum of Portable Sound brings the culture of sound to the world, one listener at a time – literally, as you have to make an appointment for a private tour. I’ll be talking about the Museum’s collections, playing some of its sounds, and revealing why this museum is not an app – it’s an experience.

Catherine Jones – I really love LEDs in the Science museum! I’ll talk about how I turned Lightning data, LEDs and anti static bags into a sculpture for a secret art exhibition.

Holly Parsons – How do you create a successful work force development programme? I’ll tell you about my experiences of the Royal Pavilion and Museums’ programme.

Bhavani Esapathi – Bhavani Esapathi Co-Directs MOOCs on Arts Management at The Goethe-Institut whilst having founded a health startup jointly funded by Innovate UK & Arts Council England called The Invisible Labs. Proudly unemployable but having worked with numerous museums & galleries across Europe, Bhavani will be talking about ‘how to make shit happen’ within the museums sector in an age where all of us are overcoming financial challenges in the arts.