Museums Showoff, July 17 – 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 17 July, 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 £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/443914

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/

Adam Koszary – ‘look at this absolute unit’. This simple phrase and a photograph of a sheep reached millions of people around the world after going viral on Twitter. Hear about the surreal couple of weeks spent dealing with unexpected internet fame from the person at the Museum of English Rural Life behind the tweet.

Lalita Kaplish – What’s a museum website for? Most of us would say it’s there to promote the museum and to give visitors information about what they can expect when they visit. But the majority of website visitors may never visit the museum, so are we neglecting online audiences by focussing on the physical space? It’s time to rethink the museum on the web.

Noeleen O’Gorman – How to move a Museum! In 2018, the Musical Museum celebrated 10 years in their current building. Looking back over 10 years of history we uncovered the story of how the entire collection was transported from a leaky old church to where it is now. We’ll tell all at Museums Showoff.

Queerseum – We’ll be sharing our practice of Cultural Activism – from demanding a Queer Museum to popping up and reactivating queer history in institutions and on the streets. Featuring cultural activists Damien Arness Dalton,Dan de la Motte (Queer Tours of London), and Andrew Lumsden and Stuart Feather (Gay Liberation Front).

Merri Gordon & Anna Jackson – Work in museums and heritage? Ever tried speed mentoring? Or have no idea what that is but want to find out? We’ll have a preview of an upcoming speed mentoring event run by the London Emerging Museum Professionals group, in the works for September 2018. Find out what to expect and how to get the most out of speed mentoring; be the first to sign up as a mentee or mentor; or just come to enjoy #loveisland puns galore.

Sacha Coward – Sacha engages with local diasporic communities in a multimodal fashion through intergenerational interactions around problematic themes within our collections…’ WTF does that even mean?! Sacha works at the National Maritime Museum and has a job title even he can barely say; Museums love big, grand, evasive words when they try to talk about things that scare them! In his set Sacha wants to explore what Museums really mean when they try to talk about race, gender, sexuality and politics.

Alice Procter – Alice has been running Uncomfortable Art Tours for a year, and is now officially hated by the Daily Mail! She’s here to recap a rollercoaster of museum heckling, (not) inventing institutional critique, problematic faves, displaying it like you stole it, and why she’s unwelcome in Whitby.

Hannah Cushion – The Art of Failing – Museum Educator Hannah Cushion has worked in museums, galleries and education for the last 10 years and is fed up of hearing ‘Is this right?’ and ‘I was never any good at art!’. What is failing and why is it so important? We’ve all failed at something and survived so why are we so scared of it and when did ‘Fail’ become such a dirty word?

Ellie Armstrong – Ever thought that science museums were a bit…..straight? Ellie and Damien Arness Dalton did, and started “Queering the Science Museum” as a guerrilla tour at the Science Museum London. Running every Saturday and Sunday in July at 4pm; the tour uses histories and stories to think more queerly about how we display STEM in the museum.

Museums Showoff, May 22 – 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 22 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 £6 (+ 60p booking fee), get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/439003

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 here: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

Team Fatberg! – It’s the Shit Show! Get insider knowledge on the most talked about exhibition the Museum of London has ever created: Fatberg! Our expert panel will tell its story through crap we said in the media, and consider this conundrum: if Fatberg! was a musical, what would be its theme tune?

Anna  Spender – Did you know that croquet, not tennis, was the first sport to grace Wimbledon’s lawns?  Anna Spender, Collections Manager at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, will be talking about their latest exhibition, ‘Through the Hoops: Croquet at Wimbledon’, celebrating The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club’s 150th anniversary this year.

Sara Boutall – Tutankhamun vs. Netflix – the changing landscape of museum visitation and what factors cultural institutions must take into consideration in order to increase visitor numbers and engagement

Leslie Ewing-Burgesse – Leslie does silly, surreal standup comedy. Tonight she’ll be telling you about one of the best museums in her hometown of Ottawa, Canada, and about the books she obsessively borrowed from the library as a child.

Professor Carl Bugenhagen, Director of Tyne & Wear Occult Practice & Psychical Research Facility – Beyond The Museum:Unlocking The Paranormal & Hidden Power of Objects. Professor Carl Budenhagen will be discussing the use of Psychics and Trance Mediums as a valid form of data collection and presenting findings from a recent public event at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear where a psychic was used to find the lost histories of objects with unknown provenance.

Nick Sturgess – Nick will explore the weird, wonderful and frankly annoying aspects of curating a fairground collection and telling people why it doesn’t fit in any other museum category. This will entail pretty much everything you can think of as issues with collections management.

Tim Powell – Touchy-feely technology! Buzzwords like ‘immersive technologies’ generally make people think of screen-based visual experiences. Tim Powell will share some of the curious lessons learnt by Historic Royal Palaces in The Lost Palace and virtual reality experiments – into the emotional power of digital touch and sound (and smell?)

Sarah Dormer – Spare Tyre is taking a creative approach to heritage in order to reflect our diverse and rich history! As a 40-year old organisation we have a lot to cover, but how do we present information in a fun and accessible way…?

Museums Showoff, March 20 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY!

It’s time for more museum-y fun, and omg, what an incredible show we’ve got for you! Join us on Tuesday 20 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 £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/432925

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: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

Frances Sampayo – Do you find yourself waking up at 3am in a cold sweat wondering how visitors will interact with your new exhibition? Do you find yourself distracted by signage strategies whilst out and about? If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be living with Operations Brain. Frances reveals the signs and symptoms of this Ops-centric condition!

Bernard Donoghue – Bernard is the CEO of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, is the Mayor of London’s Culture Ambassador and a trustee of the Geffrye Museum. He’s also a lobbyist for the sector and will share gossip, lobbying tactics, insider info in a 9 minute ‘The Thick of It’ meets ‘The Crown”.

Anna Faherty – Between the lines: a ripping yarn of automation and gender power struggles unexpectedly embedded in a sleepy nineteenth-century volume from the shelves of the Wellcome Library.

Mike Harris – I’ll be talking about the perils of having an interesting job description on your twitter bio and how it can end up with a slot at Museums Showoff. I’ll also talk tech – specifically tech at the Royal Academy of Arts and the wide range of projects the developers here are working on. Expect everything from ‘the cloud’ through to digital signs.

Matt & Jess Turtle – Jess and Matt Turtle will share the story of how they set up the UK’s first Museum of Homelessness, documenting the twists, turns and the highs and lows.

Jason Webber – The (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse is upon us! It could be the end of times? But wait, surely culture can save us? In which London Cultural Institution would it be best to survive the onslaught of the un-dead? Choose wisely or prepare for annihilation!

Miki Webb & Claire Madge – Museum Marathon is taking place on Sunday 15th April and raising money for Autism in Museums. Come listen to Claire Madge and Mikaela Webb (with Mar Dixon cheering on from afar) give an energetic run through of what to expect, how to take part and donate. So put on your trainers, don your sweatbands, put down your pint and limber up for Museum Marathon – 1 day, 20 km and over 30 London museums…

Joe Sullivan – The London Museums Group support and advocate for all Museum staff in London, and we are currently recruiting for new board members. I’ll be chatting through what London Museums Group does, the great opportunities its given me, and why you should join us!

Tim Powell – Combining VR with real-time motion capture to create visitor experiences at HRP! Full set details coming soon.

Museums Showoff, Sept 19 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY!

It’s time for more museum-y fun, and omg, what an incredible show we’ve got for you! Join us on Tuesday 19 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 £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/415002

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/

Cynthia Adobea-Aidoo – How do you go about starting a learning programme for schools, families and adults in a building that hasn’t been open for almost 700 years? Don’t ask me! I’m still figuring it out. Come along to hear about collaborations and commiserations as I discuss the “Revealing the Charterhouse” project. Spoiler alert, I’m still working on the “Revealing” bit.

Mari Takayanagi – Did you know that in the early 19th century women could only watch debates in the House of Commons from a ventilator in the attic space above? And after that they were confined to a cage? In 2018 Parliament will be celebrating ‘Vote 100’, the centenary of votes for some women – find out what else its archives reveal about the suffragists, the suffragettes, and hear about the exciting plans for 2018.

Clair Le Couteur – Some artworks don’t just occupy museum spaces, but claim to *be* museums themselves. How can these fictive museums unsettle the relationship between things and labels in the museum, and why might that matter?

Hannah Tyler – The great @Horse_ebooks once tweeted “everything happens so much” and in terms of quantum physics they are pretty spot on because everything that is, was, and will ever be, is happening at this very moment. If history exists right now, what does that mean for museum spaces and our perception of time? 

Tom Flynn – Doing the things you like can sometimes lead to a job you love, but it’s not always a direct route or a smooth ride. I’d like to share some things I’ve learned on my journey from dropping out of university to becoming cultural heritage lead at an international tech startup.

Gemma Murray – The Lion Man of Hohlenstein-Stadel, shown in Ice Age Art at the British Museum in 2013, is believed to be the oldest art object in existence. It features in arguments surrounding the history of Homo sapiens and predictions on AI and the posthuman. I’ll be talking about its ability to make us question where we come from and where we are going.

Alice Procter – Alice is an alliterative Australian art historian. After graduating and not knowing what to do with herself, she created The Exhibitionist, a podcast about galleries, and Uncomfortable Art Tours, a sightly secret programme exploring colonial legacies in British institutions. She’ll be talking about creating alternative narratives in museums, making people uncomfortable on purpose, and why kitsch is the key to a post-colonial world.

Arna Spek – For the last 7 years Arna has been working as part of the front of house staff before finally making the  move to another department. Join her as she closes this chapter for now by remembering 10 minutes of highlights of crazy, insane and hilarious visitor stories of years of welcoming Londoners into the Museum of London. What do you think is the weirdest question she had to deal with?

Museums Showoff, July 18 – LINE-UP ANNOUNCED!

Omg, it’s our 30th London gig!

We’re celebrating in style with an incredible show packed with museum-y fun. Join us on Tuesday 18 July, downstairs at The Phoenix, where our brilliant performers will entertain, intrigue and astound you. Doors open 6.45pm, show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/407986

Taking to the stage for this extravaganza of wit and wisdom, objects and exhibitions are:

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/

Alistair Brown – Will there be any museum funding in five years time (and what is the Treasury’s PIN number?) Who are the 4% of people in the cultural sector who voted for Brexit (and where do they live?) And what happens if a museum sells off some of its old stuff (and will anyone notice?) These are some of the questions that keep Alistair Brown, Policy Officer at the Museums Association, awake at night. Together, we’ll look for answers.

Emily Wiles & Bianca Manu – We’ll talk about our experience of working with Australia based artist Busty Beatz following her residency at Wellcome Collection as part of the Sick of The Fringe Festival in Feb 2017. Busty Beatz created ‘We are the Latest Models of Our Ancestry’, a 3-day Twitter takeover of @ExploreWellcome and an installation confronting uncomfortable truths in one of Wellcome Collection’s permanent galleries. It has fuelled conversations about the museum’s colonial past, cultural blind spots of the present and the urgent need to revise curation of collections in the future.

Mahendra Mahey – A salutary tale laced with drama, humour, despair and inspiration of how the British Library managed to get a giant art piece originally exhibited at the Burning Man festival in Nevada USA to sit in the Library’s ‘Poet’s circle’ outside in the piazza for nearly 6 months. This is a story about what amazing things can happen when Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) open their doors to their collections through digitisation.

Rosie Clarke – Who has a crush on museums? How Culture24 tried out a daily Instagram photography experiment to help shape the look and feel of the new Museum Crush website.

Melinda Haunton – Creating a new archives standard from scratch, in public, with as many people as possible? Looking back at the first years of Archive Service Accreditation, it seems like setting out to climb Everest. But we did it, we’re still standing, and I’m here to answer the questions you didn’t know you had.

Nick Oram & Chloe Petts – Improvised comedy group Do Not Adjust Your Stage talk in collaboration with the National Gallery Young Producers about their sell-out show Blank Canvas –  an improvised comedy show inspired by the paintings in the gallery! The National Gallery Young Producers are a group of 18-25 year olds from diverse backgrounds dedicated to opening up the gallery to young people like them by exploring the collection in new ways.

Sam Perrin – What does a headstone tell you about a life long gone? Join Cemetery Club’s Sam Perrin for a journey through various cemeteries (or ‘people museums’ as we like to call them) to view just how revealing, quirky and witty some people’s final memorials can be. From poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, you’ll never look at a graveyard the same way!

Arti Prashar & Ellie Pridgeon – Spare Tyre is celebrating 40 years of participatory arts with an HLF funded project called ST40; Artistic Director Arti and Archivist Ellie will talk about setting off establishing the archive and recording oral histories. Spare Tyre started as a feminist theatre company. We were one of the first theatre companies to work creatively with schools on gay rights and gender equality. Our work now includes projects with adults with learning disabilities and older people. We don’t often get the chance to think about what we did yesterday, let alone 40 years ago. It’s time to take stock, take pride and preserve some memories.

Laura Southall – Job hunting for the perfect museum role is a lot like dating to find your perfect man – it feels near-impossible, it makes you want to give up and hibernate with cats and it involves a lot of talking about yourself in an array of ridiculous ways. Having survived nearly 18 months of job applications and interviews, Laura will relive the highs and lows (let’s be honest, mainly lows) of finding ‘The One’.

 

Museums Showoff, May 23 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY! It’s time for MORE TOP MUSEUM ACTION!

We’ve lined up the crème de la crème of museum talent to entertain, astound and intrigue you. Join us on Tuesday 23 May, downstairs at The Phoenix. Doors open at 6.45pm, the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/401037

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/

Adam Koszary – My animated GIFs brought alive the amazing (and often stupid) centuries-old illustrations of Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries. Come see how I lowered the tone of an august institution while managing to still educate as well as entertain.

Jackie Keily – Add together 68,000-years-worth of London history, tens of thousands of objects, 200 archaeologists, over 100 kms of railway, eight tunnel boring machines and a saint. Divide by the available gallery space and showcases, and the result is ‘Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail’. Find out more in 9 minutes!

Subhadra Das & Miranda Lowe – Racism is structural and it continues to be reiterated through monolithic institutions, most notably educational institutions like museums and universities. In a reprisal of their recent NatSCA 2017 Conference paper, Miranda Lowe and Subhadra Das will describe how natural history museums were and continue to be racist and – more importantly – suggest what they can do to change.

Rachel Rose Reid – Do you want to open minds? Maybe even hearts? Rachel will share how storytelling builds joyful, authentic connections to collections, and why the imperfections and dark sides of certain tales are better dived into than left behind.

Jenny Judova & Ed Lawless – When do you know that you ’emerged’ as a museum professional? Jenny and Ed will be talking about the London Emerging Museum Professionals Network, what it’s like to be emerging in a museum field and the importance of having peers to talk to.

Matt Abbott – One of the strengths of poetry is connecting images, memory, creativity and information; so using poetry in musuem spaces is a match made in heaven. I’ll be discussing my relationship with three key museums and galleries, plus performing snippets of my work.

Dan Vo – Explore the presence of LGBTQ individuals and communities within different time periods and cultures at the V&A museum. From the comfort of your seat, you’ll go on a virtual seven and a half mile tour of the museum: from the flamboyant to the modest, comic to the tragic, you’ll hear about the historical queer stories that need to be shared and remembered.

Nick Harris & Lee Roberts – What happened when British Museum curator Dr Irving Finkel went head to head with YouTuber Tom Scott over the Royal Game of Ur – the world’s oldest playable board game? Nick Harris & Lee Roberts were there, and they filmed it!

Museums Showoff, March 21 – LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

HOORAY! It’s time for MORE SHOWING OFF!

We’ve lined up the creme de la creme of museum talent to reveal behind-the-scenes stories, intriguing insights and amazing projects. Join us on Tuesday 21 March, downstairs at The Phoenix, where our brilliant performers will astonish and amaze you. Doors open 6.45pm, show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 (+ 60p booking fee). Get one here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/392741

Strutting their museum-y stuff on stage 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 here: http://www.naomipaxton.co.uk/

Rosie Lampard – Rosie will be reporting from the front lines of visitor services in heritage with some of the peculiar and wonderful questions visitors ask.

Sheldon Goodman – Cemeteries. No, no, don’t shudder. Cemeteries are remarkable open spaces that capture the beauty of human nature and are literal museums of the dead. Sheldon Goodman, of Cemetery Club.co.uk, will give you a brief introduction to some of the weird and wacky characters that lie beneath the surface – odd names, beautiful headstones – Sheldon’s nine minutes will have you going to your nearest one to find out more about our history.

Prachi Joshi – Case 101: Uncovering the Universal Museum (at the British Museum.) My MA project invites people to evaluate the British Museum as a Universal Museum through a roleplaying event: a case, lawyers, jury and the Musuem. An alternative perspective to the Museum.

Eleanor Margolies – Why do we see in a flash but take so long to say what we see? The process of describing objects for blind and partially sighted visitors is a chance to slow down and think about the complicated nature of visual perception.

Catherine Freeman – Knowing about the history of teddy bears is essential. It must be as we have to tell thousands of children but we are concerned that adults are unaware of the tale of the bear and so feel charged to rectify this.

Harriet Braine – Harriet Braine is a musical comedian* who sings about art history. She also works at the National Maritime Museum, and has written a song specially for Museums Showoff about it. *She’s a Funny Women Stage Award winner!

Miranda Stearn – There are a few things that make me sad about Cambridge – the uninterrupted stream of bikes, the selfie-sticks, the overpriced wine bar next door. But the thing that makes me saddest is the knowledge that Cambridge ranks 5th worst in the country on the social mobility index, and we systematically fail our young people from low income backgrounds. I’m going to tell you a bit about how the University of Cambridge Museums and our partners are hoping to help change this.

Korantema Anyimadu – Korantema will be performing a spoken word piece compiled from snippets of conversations she’s had, about people’s deepest, darkest and most shameful museum thoughts…