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.

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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.

Museums Showoff, Sept 18 – 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 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: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/448542

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/

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. https://nopetoarms.org/

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.