Museums Showoff in Brighton, Sept 20th. LINEUP ANNOUNCED

It’s back, and it’s by the beach! Museums Showoff kicks of the autumn season in Brighton.

The gig is on September 20th, upstairs at Temple Bar, 121 Western Road, Brighton BN12AD. Doors are at 7pm. 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.

Amongst those showing us why they love museums and sharing gossip, intrigue and insights are:

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.