Hello Cambridge! Are you ready for some top class museum-related entertainment? We’ve lined up some top class museum talent to reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects. Thanks to Cambridge University Museums, we’re coming to a venue near you!
Museums Showoff, the open mic night for all those who work in and love museums, will be at J3 at Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, CB1 7GX on Wednesday 30th October. The show starts at 8pm, and the bar will be open beforehand. Entry is free, but we will be collecting on the door for Rowan, which brings artists and people with learning disabilities together in the production of fine artwork and crafts. 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.
Matt Lowe & Roz Wade – Four Million Specimens and 12 months. From a Finback Whale to Darwin’s Beetles, find out how the University Museum of Zoology is packing its collections in time for a once in a generation redevelopment!
Josh Newman – Bringing a dull Regency Room to life. Nelson and his boss and mentor Earl St Vincent had dinner at Torre Abbey in 1801. They were friendly on the surface but underneath the resentment seethed. I’ll describe how an unusual digital display illustrates the anger, frustration and overbearing politeness.
Rosie Amos – Polar Museum Educator Rosie Amos will be talking about how to make concept-heavy subjects like climate change ‘hands-on’ in a museum environment, including; blindfolds, dancing beluga whales and a climate change sing-along!.
Dan Pemberton – The Collection of Dr John Woodward comprises about 9,400 rocks, minerals, fossils and archaeological artefacts still kept in their original early 18th century collectors cabinets. I will show images of my favourite objects and tell some of the stories behind them and the people who contributed to Woodward’s collection.
Anna Mikhaylova – Museums in Russia… it sounds like something about “the Hermitage” and “Pushkin”. However, not! There are more that 2500 museums, and I’ll tell you some myths, facts and legends.
Matt Smith – I’ll be talking about a piece of World War 2 body armour issued to American Air Force Bomber Crews in Europe. What it was supposed to do, how it was supposed to do it; how the crews really used it and why as an explainer at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, this makes a great object to work with and seems to fascinate the young and old!
Helen Weinstein – Museum collections beyond the museum walls. I will showcase a walking trails project to bring museum objects to the public by partnering museum curators and volunteers, university researchers and students, to produce history trail apps.
Alec Morrison – I’ll be showing off about the project I created with volunteers at The Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon to create an exhibition about a map, one of the first in this country, of Huntingdon town centre drawn in 1607 when Oliver Cromwell was still a boy living there. We surveyed the town centre using the same mapping techniques that would have been used to draw the original map
Liz Davies & Jessica van Bussel – Who needs small independent Museums? A brief, but spirited, exchange of views revealing some little known facts about St Neots from miracles to murder.