Museums Showoff, Nov 19 — LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY!

It’s time for lots more museum-y fun, and omg, have we got an AWESOME line up!

Join us on Tuesday 19 November, downstairs at The Phoenix, where our brilliant performers will entertain, astound and intrigue you! Doors open 6.45pm, show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 (+ 70p booking fee), get one from We Got Tickets.

Showing off their all round museum-y awesomeness will be:

Naomi Paxton – actor, magician, expert on suffrage plays and owner of an inflatable duck costume, Naomi will be your compere for the night! Find out more about our multi-talented MC here: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

Zeynep Kussan & Matt Williams – Zeynap and Matt from the Curating London team at the Museum of London are spilling the tea about the projects they’ve been working on over the last year. Curating London is a four year contemporary collecting and community engagement programme where Londoners have their say!

Sarah Jaffray – Sarah is tired of the blockbuster museum show formula and how it reinforces western, patriarchal notions of genius. She’ll share how a drawing project with contemporary artists has challenged and changed the stories of ‘Old Master’ art in the collection of the British Museum, impacting the ways its curated and exhibited.

David Hingley – Surely front of house teams have time to do … just one more thing? They’re only standing around with radios after all. Find out why we are sometimes stressed, always busy, and can feel like the donkey in Buckaroo at times.

Alfie Meek – I will be talking about my time as a trainee at two London museums and how I have dealt with the wired and wonderful world of museum work. From shaking ambassadors hands to dealing with a colleague that has refused a dukedom.

Mari Takayanagi – In 2018 Parliament celebrated ‘Vote 100’, the centenary of votes for (some) women – one of the most important anniversaries in our democratic history. Mari reflects on the busiest year of her life, in particular the challenges and opportunities in delivering a major public exhibition with historic objects in a 900 year-old hall, under the glare of media attention.

Eddie Johnston – What I learned working in museums for seven years (and not getting as far as I hoped). It’s a classic story of boy leaves university, boy gets job in museums, boy works there for seven years and then leaves the sector. But did he learn anything from this? Eddie will talk through his highs and lows working with visitors at national museums, as well as sharing some super secret, but legally safe, behind the scenes stories.

Sacha Coward & Amy Jefford – Medi-QUEER-val Re-GAY-ssance! Two queers walk into a pub to discuss genderbending monks and sodomy in Game of Thrones…Amy and Sacha have been chatting about starting an exhibition on LGBTQ+ experiences during the Middle Ages with the support of the Queer Britain project. Join us for a whirlwind tour of medieval queerness and laugh at the way people used to draw unicorns!

Museums Showoff, Sept 17 — LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

Hooray! We’re back for MORE MUSEUM-Y FUN!

We’re kicking off our 9th season with an incredible show packed with top museum talent.

Join us on Tuesday 17th 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 from We Got Tickets.

Showing off their all round museum-y awesomeness 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: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

Laura Hutchinson & Binita Dave – Lights, camera, EXECUTION! Getting BE-HEAD of the filming game with top tips from the Tower of London.

Vernon Rapley – I’ll be enthralling, intriguing or most likely horrifying the audience, by exposing the level of security surveillance made possible by modern technology. I’ll ask the audience to consider the balance between protection and intrusion and when the line is being crossed?

Tom Hopkins & Louise McAward-White – Fair Museum Jobs tackles the good, bad and WTF of museum recruitment. Join Tom and Louise for a journey into the confusing and inconsistent heart of the jobs market; and find out who’s in, who’s out and what we can all do to make museum employment a better place.

Michael McHugh – Michael, heritage worker from the North of England will be talking about Museum SNAFUs (that’s Situation Normal All F***ed Up), Museum FUBARs (F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition) and how not to get ahead in Museums.

Elizabeth Dearnley – Elizabeth’s work on fairy tales and folklore sometimes takes her into the realms of the uncanny. Join her as she discusses some of the creepiest things she’s encountered in museums.

Scott Keir – Are museums catering for all visitors? Scott is increasingly intolerant of museum café menus clashing with their vision and inclusion policies, and has a smorgasbord of suggestions to digest.

Rosie Clarke – Culture24 describes their new Emerge Festival of London museum Lates as “Night at the Museum meets Glastonbury” – but how do you develop a whole new festival from scratch? Well, this one involves more than 40 venues, numerous partnerships and new ways of working. Rosie Clarke share some behind-the-scenes insights into bringing together London’s most electrifying new talent with its most iconic venues to delight a whole new audience!

Dan Hicks – Dan’s current Art Fund Headley Fellowship looks at the (in)visibility of colonial violence in the permanent displays of the Pitt Rivers Museum. In this contribution he will share some of the objects and stories that the project is revealing.

Museums Showoff, July 16 — cancelled

Some bad news! There will be no Museums Showoff on July 16.

This is the first time I’ve ever cancelled a show. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s one I needed to make. I am overloaded with work and trying to move flat, and I’m exhausted. Something had to give, and it was the show on July 16.

Museums Showoff will return on September 17! If you’ve got something to say about museums, libraries or archives and you’d like to take part, sign up on our Doodle poll. We’d especially LOVE to have sets from folk working in admin, retail, catering, security and technical roles.

See you all then!

Rachel

Museums Showoff, May 21 — LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY!

It’s time for lots more museum-y fun, and omg, have we got an AWESOME line up!

Join us on Tuesday 21 May, 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 from We Got Tickets.

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

Naomi Paxton – actor, magician, expert on suffrage plays and owner of an inflatable duck costume, Naomi will be your compere for the night! Find out more about our multi-talented MC here: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

Georgia Barnett – Millionaires, Hope and penguin sex: the weird world of fundraising at the Natural History Museum.

Anna Faherty – The tragic tale of a London museum brought down by the Society for the Suppression of Vice. Only for those with the stomach for wonder, obscenity and the malicious destruction of museum objects. And certainly not for ladies.

Ben Hill – Beware, may contain HAZARDS! An introduction to the Science Museum’s epic One Collection project and the awesome team of hazard surveyors. Find out about the hazards which may be lurking in the exciting realm of the museum store.

Devon Turner – Let Them Eat Cake: An American take on British Museums. From cheesesteaks to sausage rolls…hear about the museum adventures of a Philadelphia native now living in London. Free museums, cake tables, and some of the most outstanding collections in the world? It’s been love since first bite, ahem, I mean sight!

Annelies Van de Ven – Archaeological archives can help give important context to the objects that enter our museums, but not all of the items within these archives are equally relevant to the archaeological process… Get an insider’s view into some unexpected gems from these treasure troves.

Sheldon Goodman – Queering a cemetery – where on earth do you start? In February an experimental tour took place in a Victorian Valhalla as part of LGBT History Month – and it involved drag kings, queens, storytellers and poets. Co-creator Sheldon Goodman of the Cemetery Club reveals how the gay dead and a key gay space merged together to create an unforgettable event!

Kat Petersen – When an acid-free box and someone’s lifetime of correspondence love each other very much…” If you’ve always wondered where archive collections actually come from but were afraid to ask, Kat will tell you all the unromantic details.

Robin Sampson – I’ll be talking about how archives can be used to both inspire the design of escape room games and also benefit from hosting them.

Emily Dawson – How to lose visitors & alienate audiences, or how come science museums are still so racist, sexist and classist (amongst other things). A super cheerful talk (nope!) about the  need to urgently reimagine science museums in ways that are meaningfully inclusive.

Museums Showoff, March 19 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED

HOORAY! It’s time for MORE MUSEUM-Y FUN!

We’ve lined up top museum talent to entertain, astound and intrigue you! Join us on Tuesday 19 March, 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), buy one from WeGotTickets.

Showing off their all round museum-y awesomeness 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 on her website.

Jane Secker & Chris Morrison – The GLAMorous world of Copyright Literacy: creativity and games. Chris and Jane are copyright geeks and they on a mission to empower the GLAM sector about the importance of understanding copyright. They have already taken the world of libraries by storm using their approach of copyright games and creative approaches to teaching. Their key message is that developing copyright literacy is empowering and fun, and can help you unlock cultural heritage!  

Paul Duncan McGarrity – Paul is a stand up comedian archaeologist who has performed all over the UK in venues ranging from top comedy clubs to on top of Hadrian’s wall. He will be talking about castles and how to successfully attack them.

Kat Petersen – “When an acid-free box and someone’s lifetime of correspondence love each other very much…” If you’ve always wondered where archive collections actually come from but were afraid to ask, Kat will tell you all the unromantic details.

Nkechi Noel – Presents “Sweet Mother” a creative prose which offers a glimpse of the aspirations, hopes and dreams of Commonwealth citizens who embarked on a new life in the “Motherland”.

Adrian Steel – Playing Your Architectural Cards Right: post-war British Architecture… familiar family home or Festival Hall, car park or carbuncle, it is all around us, and yet its value is often underappreciated and misunderstood, its stories untold. How can we play our cards right to save and share the magnificent heritage collections documenting the building of modern Britain, before the concrete is crushed?

Andrea Solomon – From Brexit to the Pride parade, via an Uber with some elderly French ladies, volunteering at a museum can put you in all sorts of unexpected situations. V&A volunteer Andrea Solomon will tell you how she’s not getting paid enough to deal with this shit…and why she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sacha Coward – Can You F*ck A Mermaid?: Adventures in queer folklore! I think mermaids are awesome and I want to make you think they’re awesome too. But I also want to  gross you out with obscure maritime history, what’s not to love?!

Ellie Groom – Are television spots more trouble than they’re worth for museums? A television curator takes an irreverent look at TV in museums and museums on TV, the top 5 sins of telly producers, and the unique power of broadcast to engage museumgoers.

Welcome to our new website!

YAY!

We’ve got a new website!

Our producer, Rachel Souhami, has rolled up her sleeves, learned some html and CSS, et voilà! Welcome!

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Museums Showoff, Jan 22 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

Hooray! We’re kicking off 2019 with MORE MUSEUM-Y FUN!

We’ve got another incredible line up of top museum talent. Join us on Tuesday 22 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 £7 (+ 70p booking fee), get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/460633

Taking to the stage for this extravaganza of wit and wisdom, objects and 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: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

The Museum of British Colonialism – Introducing you to restorative history, history as verb, and a museum conspicuous by its absence.

Jack Shoulder and Mark Small – It’s museums and bums… bums in museums… that’s it!

Ellie Miles – Where are all the women? What can London Transport Museum do to represent the women that got, kept, and keep, London moving?

Corinne Harrison – 10 months as assistant curator in the National Portrait Gallery’s Archive and Library: disappointing people who’ve watched too much Cash in the Attic, helping people who think the NPG is Google for portraits, and the deep satisfaction of successful reattribution.

Claire Madge – Back in April 2018 over 30 people completed a Museum Marathon walking to over 26 London museums in one day raising money for Autism in Museums. But how much was raised? What did I spend the money on? Did I just have a nice holiday in the sun? Come and hear about a year spent making the most impact for Autism in Museums with your very kind donations.

Leah Fitzpatrick – What’s a badger? How do whales have sex? And why is the general public so obsessed with trying to eat so many animals? Join Learning Volunteer Leah as she talks about some of the funniest questions and answers she’s heard at the Natural History Museum.

Rachel MacKay – Have you ever thought “Wow, the Eurovision Song Contest is fantastic; but if only I could learn more about museum leadership by watching it”? Then this session is for you! Indulge yourself with a trip down memory lane as I decode the career enhancing tips of 80’s pop sensation Bucks Fizz.

Museums Showoff, Nov 20 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY! It’s time for MORE MUSEUM-Y FUN!

We’ve lined up top museum talent to entertain, astound and intrigue you! Join us on Tuesday 20 November, 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).

Showing off their all round museum-y awesomeness 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: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

Michelle McGrath, Fran Riando & Kayleigh McMahon – Museum as Muck is a network of working class museum workers. We want to bring the issue of CLASS to the sector’s attention and so we went to the MA conference and staged an intervention!

Miranda Schiller – History never ends, so why shouldn’t a museum talk about the future as well as the past? Experiences from running a series of events about the future of London at London Transport Museum.

James Mansfield – This summer I spent a week at the Museum of the Flat Earth in Newfoundland. I’ve returned from the other side and believe it offers valuable lessons for all museums, large or small, which I will relate with photographic evidence.

Julia Tubman, Angharad Howell & Amy Dobson – A blatant rip-off of the National Army Museum’s “Namstall”, Gunnersbury Park Museum presents “Gunnstallation” – the much awaited reopening of the museum after an almost 4 year major renovation project. We will attempt to recall our repressed memories of a traumatic time when we turned a Georgian mansion back in to a fully functioning museum.

Martin Devereux – Going Postal: Doing Digital at The Postal Museum – a wry look at how The Postal Museum developed its digital chops, and what’s happening now. From websites to digitisation to VR, Martin will explore the lows and the highs of trying to embed digital thinking and doing into a museum.

Louise McAward- White and Rob Scott – When your system is known as WorkSlow, then you know you’ve got a software development project on your hands! Rob and Louise explain (through gifs) how they wrangled their colleagues and their software supplier to get results for everyone.

Sheldon Goodman – MUSIC HALL! Premier Victorian entertainment that helped distract long dead audiences from the scourges of cholera, terrible housing and the age of steam. Whereas now we have the likes of Calvin Harris, Kanye West and Adele, back then we were delighted by the likes of Alec Hurley, Nellie Power and Florrie Forde. Who? Exactly. For ten minutes only, hear Sheldon K.Goodman of @cemeteryclub sing some of the old ballads and bangers that would have eased the struggle of what life was like a century ago…’

Magda Oldziejewska – Magda will be talking about the Feminist Library’s long, and eventually triumphant, struggle for survival, and its campaign for the move to its new home. Together with a collective rendition of the Feminist Library survival song, this should be an inspiration to other organisations struggling against austerity and other anti-community forces.