Museums Showoff Online, 9th Feb 2021 — SIGN UP!

Yay! We’re back for more museum-y fun!

We will be streaming another show on Tuesday 9th February 2021.

Have you got something to say about museums, archives, libraries & collections? Do you want to make a 5 min (max) video of you talking / singing / dancing / telling jokes / reciting poetry about it? Then you’re our kind of person!

We’re looking for people to create films that we’ll edit together to make a show. We’re not looking for polished, tv-quality films – that’s just not us! So don’t worry if you’ve never made a video before.

We welcome curators, retail people, funders, academics, visitor services assistants, fundraisers, volunteers, security folk… and anyone else who’s got something to say about museums.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, sign up on our sparkly sign up sheet and we will send you details of what you need to do.

Want to know what this showing off malarkey is all about and whether you should get involved? Check out this post, or see previous online shows on our YouTube channel.

Introducing our Code of Conduct

Museums Showoff strives to produce events where everyone feels welcome and has a positive experience. We want people to be able to relax, enjoy themselves and get the most from our events. Since all participants contribute to the atmosphere of an event, it requires all participants to create a safe, welcoming environment. It is not enough to say “be nice to people”, so today we are publishing our Code of Conduct, which outlines the behaviours that are unacceptable at our events, how to report harassment, and the sanctions we may take if someone violates the Code of Conduct. Everyone participating in one of our events will be required to agree to it.

The full Code of Conduct is below, and can also be found on the Code of Conduct page of this website.

Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, staff and volunteers at Museums Showoff events are required to agree with the following code of conduct.

The Quick Version

Museums Showoff is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, neurotype, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants or venue staff in any form.

Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from a show without a refund at the discretion of the organisers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • verbal comments that reinforce harmful power structures related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, neurotype, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion.
  • gratuitous or inappropriate sexual images
  • deliberate misgendering or use of dead names
  • deliberate intimidation
  • stalking or following
  • harassing photography or recording
  • sustained disruption of shows or other events
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • invasion of personal space
  • unwelcome sexual attention
  • advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, Museums Showoff organisers may take any action they deem appropriate to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.

Event organisers may take action to address anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities.


If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Museums Showoff team.

The Museums Showoff team will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Sponsors / Funders

Sponsors and funders are subject to the anti-harassment policy.


This code of conduct is based on the Conference Code of Conduct, JSConf EU and Admission Conference.

Museums Showoff at the Bloomsbury Theatre! June 10th

Do you like museums?

Do you want to hear intriguing insights, get the low down on amazing projects and get all the behind-the-scenes gossip?

Well, we’ve got the show for you!

Museums Showoff, the cabaret-style night for all those who work in and love museums, will be at the Bloomsbury Theatre on Tuesday 10 June where a stellar cast of museum talent will reveal what REALLY goes on in museums!

These are just some of the acts who will be taking to the stage for this extravaganza of wit and wisdom, objects and exhibitions:

Paolo Viscardi – Beyond the Walrus: A tale of rivalry, death, zombies and reconciliation in the secret world of the Horniman Museum’s stores.

Katherine Curran – “Heritage Smells or The Terrible Fate of Tropical Ken”. Delivered entirely in verse, this will be both a description of my research on the conservation of historic plastics and an account of the dreadful things that happened to a Ken doll who found himself in one of UCL’s laboratories.

Roald Dahl Museum storytellers – Wondercrump interactive regaling from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes by two of the very best storytellers from The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Previously described as ‘mad-cap’, ‘high-octane’ and capable of whipping the audience into a frenzy (OK, so most of them were eight years old…) it’s time to prepare to be Dahl-lighted!

Corrinne Burns – At the Science Museum we encourage visitors to leave comments about our exhibits. We get feedback from scientists, museum fans, critics and others… Tonight, I’ll take you on a nine-minute tour of some of the best!

Rebecca Mileham & Dea Birkett –  Sharpen your pencils, it’s time to bring an end to terrible museum text that’s long, boring or basically meaningless. Writers Dea Birkett and Rebecca Mileham share the latest examples from their collection of terrible museum text, and ask why we let museums get away with it.

Lucy Inglis – These are exciting times for museum visitor experiences! I’ll talk about my work with museums & galleries to create new events, including pub crawls debating the rise of philanthropy, LGBT history workshops and walks discussing eighteenth century identity.

Rosie Clarke – I’ll be telling stories about Swansea Museum’s connection to water, featuring Swansea Jack the lifesaving dog, and what happened when artist Amy Sharrocks persuaded the citizens to fall into the sea as part of her Museums at Night “I Want To Fall Day Trip”. I’ll be going to Swansea to follow what happens, but will I end up in the water myself?

Mark Carnall – cheerleader for underwhelming fossils and curator of the Grant Museum.

Plus one more act to be announced!

Tickets for the gig are £7 and are available from the Bloomsbury Theatre ticket website or in person at the box office (where there’s no transaction fee). All proceeds are going to a local charity.

This gig is suitable for people aged over 16 years old.