Museums Showoff, Sept 18 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!


It’s time for more museum-y fun, and omg, what an incredible show we’ve got for you! Join us on Tuesday 18 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 £7 (+ 70p booking fee). Get one here:

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:

Gavin Grindon – Last month over 40 artists removed their work from the design museum’s ‘hope to nope’ exhibition in protest at the museum hosting arms dealers. Now they’re exhibiting the work themselves. This is the story of what happened.

Harriet Braine – Comedy songs about dead people. Well, two songs about dead people and one about the museum I work in, which is the National Maritime Museum.

Emily Barnes & Fran Jeens – There’s no such thing as a stupid question – Join Emily and Fran from the Jewish Museum to find out why we encourage our visitors to ask questions, hear some of the weird and wonderful  questions we get asked by young people during school workshops, and how a team of Jewish and non-Jewish staff handle some of the more sensitive subjects…

David Hingley & Laura Hutchinson – Admit it.  You visit museums and heritage sites. You only ever share memories of poorly laminated, badly written, amusingly misplaced signage. You aren’t alone. Join our #SignageSaturday crusade to learn through laughter.. It’s time the writing was on, or at least near, the relevant wall and in a semi-readable font.

Jess Starns – Jess Starns discusses using the Wellcome Collection as a starting point for creating the Museum of the Labelled arts-based research project, investigating what’s important in the history of labelling people with learning difficulties (neurodiversity) in museum interpretation.

Kevin Baker – Libraries: what do we think they are they for, exactly? For his PhD project Kevin travels the length and breadth of Britain, visiting its most spectacular and beautiful libraries. He will share what these adventures teach him about the role and purpose of book collections – and about the role and purpose of himself, in more emotional detail than you really needed.

Polly Mee, Thomas Saddler, Kate Wilkinson & Sam Potts – The Digital team at Royal Museums Greenwich will be giving you their top tips for making a successful Live stream of the Lunar Eclipse, despite not actually seeing the moon.

Sarah Castle & Michael Odd – Never seen a reason to make it to the end of the Northern Line? Now one exists! The RAF turned 100 this year, and to celebrate the RAF Museum has opened three new exhibitions and redeveloped the landscape to reflect its airfield heritage. Our ‘showoff’ will involve a bit of shameless promotion of our new and shiny site, but will mainly concentrate on what is afoot in the Access & Learning Department as we will reveal the shift in the schools’ programme from History, History and a bit more History to STEM.

Bridget McKenzie –  I’ll talk about the emerging Climate Museum for the UK, which aims to stir and collect responses to the climate emergency around the UK. It also aims to develop the cultural sector’s confidence in engaging with their audiences around this ‘defining issue of our time’. I will share the story so far, and invite your suggestions as part of the prototyping model for its development.

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