Museums Showoff online, March 16 — LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY! It’s been a while, but we’re back for 2021!

And OMG, just look at all the top museum talent we’ve got lined up! Our fabulous performers will astound and amaze you with insights and intrigue about museums, archives and libraries, all through the medium of video.

We’ll be streaming our next online show at 8pm on Tuesday 16th March! Can’t make that time? Don’t worry, your ticket will allow you to watch the show until the following Sunday.

Tickets are on a “pay what you can” basis (though Eventbrite requires a minimum of £1). Get a ticket from Eventbrite and we’ll send you a link to the stream on the day of the show.

In addition, we have 20 free tickets for people experiencing financial hardship. They are available via Eventbrite.

Taking to the screen for this extravaganza of wit & wisdom, objects & exhibitions will be:

Naomi Paxton – our magical, multi-talented MC who can regale you with stories of ducks, drama and DIY. Find out more about her all-round awesomeness here:

Kate Oliver – A Matter of Life and Death: Kate moved from teaching children about live animals in zoos, to stuffed ones in museums. Finding both advantages (stuffed ones don’t move!) and disadvantages (… stuffed ones don’t move!), she asks how we can learn about living things, without life in the room?

David Hingley – COVID safe: Calm Orderly Visits, Inexpertly Delivered. Instead of banging on about how nobody understands the true challenges of operating visitor sites, I thought I’d change it up and bang on about how nobody understands operating visitor sites during pandemics. Masks? Unexpected signage interventions? The scent of sanitiser? More one way routes than an A-Z? Tickets please.. YES EVERYONE. This is 2021.

Rosie Barker – A short run through of the what, why and how of Birmingham Museums’ lockdown collecting project, and how we used digital collecting to keep people engaged with us, and with each other, in a locked down world. Ends with a song – lyrics are provided – feel free to sing along…!

Hannah Mather – One thing lead to another… things I definitely didn’t expect to be doing working in museums!

Adrian Murphy – Adrian will speak about Europeana Sport, a new participatory season from Europeana – the European platform for cultural heritage collections – which will focus on highlighting the history, diversity and culture of sport across Europe.

Hannah Sweetapple – A little look at the top 5 reasons why museums should be excited for the new Welsh Curriculum from Museum Educators across Wales. 

Susan Sandford – Celebrating 50 years of decimal currency. On 15 February 1971 Britain changed over from the centuries old system of pounds, shillings and pence to a new currency based on 100 pennies to the pound. This change effected the entire nation, bringing people together as they learnt to master a new way of valuing everything. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Decimal Day, we will be hosting a national programme of activities with the aim of connecting generations and getting people talking about their memories of the changeover.

Sacha Coward – Escape Inside! Sacha is a freelance escape room designer specialising in making immersive games for museums. But during lockdown, like the rest of us, he found himself locked in his very own escape room AKA his house! So how can you make an escape room when you can’t go anywhere?! (Also this 5 minute video might not be quite what it seems…)