Hello Edinburgh! Are you ready for some top class museum-related entertainment?
We’ve lined up the creme de la creme of Scottish museum talent to reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects, and thanks to those lovely folk at the Scottish Museums Federation 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 in the Ballroom at the Voodoo Rooms on Tuesday 25 November. Doors open at 7.00pm. Entry is free, but donations will be requested on the door for our charity of the month. We suggest a donation of £5. Please note this show is suitable for over 18s only.
Strutting their museum-y stuff on stage will be:
Steve Cross – your compère for the evening, he has an extensive collection of checked shirts.
Jason Finch – Confessions of a Curator: a trawl through 15 years working in the sector, in England and Scotland, and some of the strange and odd situations you find found yourself, both when dealing with the public and colleagues. Names have been changed to protect the innocent (not to mention to avoid libel cases) and whilst all will be true, some incidents might be enhanced for effect.
Neil Lebeter – The Day I Broke Rule #1 of Museum Club: Don’t Set Fire to the Things. I will tell the story of the time I burned an art work, why I did it, how it felt and the consequences, which were unexpected. Watch me break out in a cold sweat as I relive the experience, complete with evidence of the actual event.
Martha Findlay & Tawona Sithole – we’ll talk about the potential challenges of curating African perspectives in relation to the David Livingstone narrative!
Lyn Cunningham & Paul Gray – Glasgow design team Suisse will talk you through their experiences in realising their brief to reinterpret The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine.
Graeme Hawley – The Joy of Spines. Graeme Hawley makes you sit up straight with a tour amongst the book stacks.
Christine McLean – I’ll share with you our terrifying experience of a zombie virus spreading through the National Museum of Scotland, turning staff and some visitors in to flesh-eating monsters.
Ralph Moffat – Animal, vegetable, or mineral, it’ll do anything to anything! Glasgow Museums has weapons for war, hunting, and just plain showing off (jousting and tournaments). This short PowerPoint formatted slideshow will have (non-moving) images of this amazing collection.
Susan Morrison – Susan Morrison belongs in a museum, since she is a 55 year old comic, in relatively good condition and only slightly foxed around the edges. An equivalent copy of the Beano or Dandy would fetch a good price in an auction, which means she should fetch a decent price. She’s not telling what she’s doing- you have to be there!
Henrietta Lidchi – Is seeing believing? Tales from museums and fieldwork, at the British Museum and beyond.
Pam Barnes – Staging the Museum: a short talk on the use of performance to build on community engagement.