Why was there no travel agency in the upstairs room of The Camden Head public house ? It was packed solid, standing room only for about 70 museum supporters and a laugh a minute – the first ever Museums Showoff evening.
A Comic Store format with compare Steve Cross linking the 10 “acts” throughout the evening each who had an ‘open mic + projector’ to say anything about museums in exactly 9 minutes.
Amateur night? Tongue Tied? Not a bit of it. Every presentation was practiced, slick and delivered with humour but more importantly delivered with an absolute passion for their museum or subject. Boy do you need to speak fast to cram everything you want to say in nine minutes but that was half the fun.
Why would a travel agent have cleaned up? After Brian Macken’s presentation on the Irish Natural History Museum, known to all Dubliners as the ‘Dead Zoo’ there wasn’t a person who didn’t want to go to Dublin, book a flight – there and then.
Rosie Clarke from Culture24 ( I declare an interest – Culture24 use MediaFiler ) brought everyone up to date on Museums at Night which takes place the weekend of 18th -29th May, drummed up business and urged everyone to spread the word. She was unable to show us some jelly wobbling photographs from their No.11 Downing Street launch but we still got the picture.
The fastest talking Canadian I have ever heard, Ayla Lepine whisked us through a Saturday transforming youths with a pencil at the Victoria and Albert.
The newly appointed Curator of UCL’s pathology collections ( again I declare an interest as UCL use MediaFiler to manage collections ) projected ‘delightful’ exhibits in glass jars and explained how Russell Brand came to be let lose in the Royal Free pathology exhibits room.
A musical number was the final and fitting act to an outstanding evening – Dinosaur Planet, which had us all singing along. A Dinosaur dancing the Hornpipe … I ask you.
Don’t forget to visit your local museum over the weekend of 18th, 19th & 20th of May and help make this years Museums at Night a resounding success.