The Bartlett


The first Bartlett Show Off shows off the weird and the wonderful

10 December 2012

Katherine Curran, Centre for Sustainable Heritage, presenting at The Bartlett Showoff

In a small Bloomsbury pub students and staff from The Bartlett came together to watch eight brave participants show off about their Bartlett work and research over a few festive drinks. With a welcome from Steve Cross, founder of the Science Showoff and Bright Club, and compere for the evening, the performances began. 

Opening act Tiphaine Bardon from The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies  (BSGS) solved a CSI-type mystery of the Mona Lisa’s new beard, and was followed by CASA’s Pete Ferguson who took his inspiration from Ricky Gervais’s ‘The Office’ to share where to look most useful in your office. 

Professor Murray Fraser from the School of Architecture presented the work being done in Palestine by architects, and after a short interval, BSGS’s Ben Croxford highlighted the importance of building better insulated homes, and together with Faye Wade and Craig Robertson from the UCL Energy Institute, the crowd enjoyed some Bruce Forsyth inspired ‘play your buildings right’ to find out how energy efficient buildings really are. 

Rounding off the evening, Katherine Curran from the Institute for Sustainable Heritage described the terrible fate of Tropical Ken in the research of plastic composition in magnificent poetic style, and Martin Austwick of CASA finished the night with a song about a Boris bike’s adventures around London.

Student Experience Fellow Jane Robb, who organised the event said ‘the main purpose of the evening was to break down barriers between schools, staff and students as well as opening up avenues for more collaboration and inspiration for everyone. I am very happy to say that we had great success in achieving this, as well as setting up two of the performers with their next gig and the possibility of future collaborations!’

The next Bartlett Show Off will hopefully be held in the New Year.  If you’d like to get involved with the action, contact Jane Robb for more details.