Museums Showoff online, Sept 22 — LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY! We’re back for our 10th season of museum-y fun!

And OMG, just look at all the top museum talent we’ve got lined up!

We’ll be streaming our next online show at 8pm 8.15pm* on Tuesday 22nd September! Our fabulous performers will astound and amaze you with insights and intrigue about museums, archives and libraries, all through the medium of video.

*YouTube scheduling means we’ll be starting at a slightly later time than anticipated.

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: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

Dan Vo – Dan Vo, project manager of the Queer Heritage and Collections Network supported by the Art Fund, presents Britain’s Got Queer Talent! Watch as Rachael Lennon from the National Trust, Dominique Bouchard from English Heritage, Justin Bengry for Historic England and a very special royal guest for Historic Royal Palaces go head to head to compete for the prize of being named queerest collection in the land. Remember, judges say is final and just wait until you see who wields the gavel in this rainbow competition! 

Becki Morris – Becki Morris has worked with a wide and diverse selection of organisations to support inclusive practice in sectors.  Today she will talk about DCN and EMBED and supporting the sector in the post lockdown society.

Monica Walker – Blood, Guts, and the Butchering Art!! Discover how the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret took the overwhelming challenge of a Pandemic lock down and created some of the most interesting digital experiences that a medical museum that deals with Victorian Surgery could come up with! Exciting? YES! Traumatic? Maybe! Entertaining…Absolutely!

Nick Harris – Imagine a less talented Homer, a much less talented Lin-Manuel Miranda and a comparatively talented Trojan Horse had a love child. And that love child just wanted to put a smile on people who work in museums faces, and that love child was called Nick Harris. That might be over hyping it slightly, but that’s pretty much what you’re getting.

Sophie Small – As an early-career museum worker, I spend a lot of my time swapping between different ‘hats’. It can be tiring, and confusing, but it’s also dead funny, so join me for a look at how on earth we make this work!

Ashton Carter – As social media is swamped with Fake News and Conspiracy Theories, Ashton Carter, Performer and Head Curator of Mr Punch’s Cabinet of Curiosities, will show some of his collection from this traveling mini-museum of strange oddities, haunted artefacts and natural wonders, which pose the question ‘What is real?’ to its visitors. All the spooky exhibits are either real, fake or real fakes, but their stories are made from 100% real words! Will you be able to spot the truth from the fiction (there will be a quiz!) and does truth matter anymore?

Ellie Miles – What do Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Susie Bubble and Jeremy Corbyn (but *not* David Bowie) have in common? They’re all curators who have featured in a collection I’ve been building over the last eight years. Does any of it matter? Not really. Is it fun to talk about? Maybe.

Zak Mensah – How can I help? Saying yes to everything is a really good strategy until you can afford to say no when it comes to learning new skills and finding opportunities. I’ll whizz through how “How can I help?” really did work for me throughout my career and led me to the museum sector. Maybe it can work for you too?

Museums Showoff online, July 14th – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY! It’s time for more online museum-y fun!

We’re going to be streaming our next online show at 8pm on Tuesday 14th July! We’ve lined up some amazing performers who will astound and amaze you with insights and intrigue about museums, archives and libraries, all through the medium of video.

Tickets are on a “pay what you can” basis (though Eventbrite requires a minimum of £1). Many people who work with museums have lost income, and we don’t want that to stop you enjoying the show. 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 – 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/

Jenny Durrant – Disposals? Boring. Crap Amnesty? Yes! Let’s think differently, drink some tea, and see what happens…

Jo Dowding – Blue nylon PE shorts, itchy blazers, the stench of Lynx Africa in the air.  Just one memory belonging to your host Jo Dowding.  She shares her experience of providing a Memory Box service for over 10 years at Guernsey Museums.  Expect 100% practice, 0% theory and lots of lists.  

Owen Gower – If I had a pound for every time I heard the name Edward Jenner…” Dr Jenner’s House celebrates the life and legacy of a pioneering country doctor but, with the museum now closed by the very thing that’s suddenly made it extraordinarily relevant, we want the world to know about the real Edward Jenner.

Jen Bergevin – Museum Impact: A Bedtime Story – I spent four years thinking about, researching, and trying to better understand the impact that museums (especially ‘activist’ museums) have on their audiences and wider society. In this set I’ll share some of what I found including such profound insights as ‘people are complicated’, the 5 roles museums play in people’s stories of change, and three ingredients for fostering transformation in our spaces.

Jane Hoy – Two Welshmen in Rome: Jane Hoy tells the rags to riches tale of world famous sculptor John Gibson (Walker Art Gallery, Royal Academy et al) and his queer artist friends in 19th Century Rome.  Assisted by some handy ‘made in lockdown’ props.

John Kannenberg – For five years the Museum of Portable Sound was only open for one-to-one tours with the director, whose mantra was “This Museum Will Never Be An App!“ So how’s that panning out in a Covid-19 world? John Kannenberg talks us through the gamut of emotion, from existential panic to watching people listen online.

Dan Hicks – Dan will be talking about #MuseumsUnlocked. Full set details coming soon.

Museums Showoff online, May 19th – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

Well this is exciting!

We’re going to be streaming our first ever online show at 8pm on Tuesday 19th May!

We’ve lined up eight amazing performers who will astound and amaze you with insights and intrigue about museums, archives and libraries, all through the medium of video.

Tickets are on a “pay what you can” basis (though Eventbrite requires a minimum of £1). Many people who work with museums have lost income, and we don’t want that to stop you enjoying the show. Get a ticket from Eventbrite, and we’ll send you a link to the stream on the day of the show.

NEW: we have got 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 – 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/

Laura Crossley – A tenuous and ill thought-through talk about the work of the National Football Museum through random lyrics in the song World In Motion by New Order.

MJ Hibbett – MJ performs a specially written song all about the best type of museum – a museum of one thing.

Hannah Mather – My set will be about the virtual museum as a place of learning. I’ll be looking at how museums are presented in video games, using Nintendo’s Animal Crossing Museum as an example of how people can engage with objects and pieces of art whilst playing a video game. 

Sushma Jansari & Nick Harris – In 2019, a small, grey sound booth exploded with colour and laughter when Sushma founded The Wonder House podcast with her colleague Nick Harris and brought in some of the most inspiring thought leaders to talk about race, empire and decolonisation. This new podcast series shares some of the most innovative contemporary approaches to decolonising museums so that we are all empowered and inspired to learn and experiment.

Abbie Brennan – Abbie reflects on the experience of looking for work in the museum sector and has a good old moan about it. Watch as she risks all hope of future employment by openly criticising the very industry she longs to work in – featuring choppy editing and an even choppier quarantine haircut.

Arran Rees – A fun little meander through the relationship between museums and memes – this talk, based on Arran’s PhD research calls for museums to start considering memes as cultural heritage and to collect them. 

Alison Child – Gwen Farrar drew funny pencil sketches of the adventures she shared with her lover and stage partner Norah Blaney in the 1920s. Alison Child found these carefully preserved in her archive and today looks at how doodling can add humour to a shared experience using similar stick drawings of life in lockdown by Cookie Arnone.

Charlie Cattel-Killick & George Oates – Find out more about what Museum in a Box is doing while every museum is closed. Join our quest for innovative thinking and work with collections!