Museums Showoff by the Sea comes to Brighton tonight!


Magenta logo of Museums showoff, open mic for everyone who works in or loves museums

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reaching out to museum and gallery folk around the South East, encouraging them to sign up to speak at Museums Showoff – the London open mic night which I’m helping to bring down to Brighton this evening.

It’s been great talking to so many people about their passion for their work, the unusual artefacts they’ve come across, and the quirky facts that make them laugh. It’s also been a great reminder of how willing most people in this sector are to help each other out (“I can’t talk on the night, but I know a couple of people who might!”)

Tonight’s event should be great fun – please come along, and do invite anyone else who may be interested!

Date: Thursday 20th September 2012 (tonight!)

Place: Temple Bar, 121 Western Road, Brighton BN1 2AD

Time: Doors open 7pm, the show starts at 7:30

Entry is free, but we will be collecting for Sussex Beacon, who provide care and support for people with HIV/AIDS related illnesses. We suggest a donation of £5 each.

Meet the speakers:

Celine West – In 1938 British archaeologist JL Starkey was murdered on his way to the opening of the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem: a story of treasure, intrigue, and violence, surely? I’ll be talking about what I imagined when I heard about this event, the story I wanted to write and what actually happened.

John Cooper – I will tell you a story of flint and how it has beguiled over-imaginative minds in support of crazy theories. I will show specimens from the Booth Museum of Natural History, itself a temple to one man’s obsession.

Kevin Bacon – The Joy of X: Brighton Museums’ Map the Museum, a digital project inspired by French pirates, the Luftwaffe and a man with a large arrow.

Paul Farrington – For the last two years I’ve been working on producing the Heritage Lottery Funded project Floating Memories: The Archives of Brighton Swimming Club. I will talk about some of the fascinating stories from the Club’s history – from swimming in top hats, one legged swimming Instructors, aquatic tea parties to walking the greasy pole.

Gemma Sturtridge – I’ll be talking about zapping objects, or collections data in action. As the Imperial War Museum begins its transformation, find out how thousands of objects are being tracked across our sites.

Rosie Clarke – The tiny Pevensey Courthouse and Museum dates back to the 13th century and is full of amazing stories. Discover what makes it unique when I talk about some of the eccentric objects in their collection, and retell dramatic tales from Pevensey’s heroic past.

Jennifer Bowser & Catherine Coleman – Yargh, shiver me timbers! Who were the smugglers on the Sussex shores? The Novium, Chichester’s new museum, will delve into the story of the Hawkshurst gang, Chichester’s most infamous smugglers.

Rachel Souhami – I will be divulging mystery, gossip and intrigue from the British Museum, involving women’s shoes, men in wigs and lots of books.

And not forgetting our compere Steve Cross who’s taking a night off from making jokes about science to poke fun at museums, muck about and generally try to hold the night together.

Hope to see you there!

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