You might have noticed that the annual late night cultural extravaganza Museums at Night is nearly upon us. If you haven’t, well, where on earth have you been? Quick, follow them on Twitter immediately (they’re @MuseumsAtNight) or you can join their mailing list to keep track of what’s going on).
Anyway, the three
day night extravaganza kicks off this Thursday -15th May- and lasts until Saturday evening, you can find out what’s happening near you on their very handy events widget on the homepage.
Museums at Night always produces some tip-top events, I’ve made it to quite a few over the years, including a ghost tour, a tour around the home of a Victorian artist and a treasure hunt around the UCL museums.
But museums up and down the country pull out all the stops. Remember last year when Chiltern Open Air Museum had that unicorn?
Truly, it was a thing of beauty! This year they are doing Pegasus. Amazing. I wonder what mythological horse they’ll tackle next year? Are there any left? That eight-legged one from Norse mythology maybe?
All sorts of stuff happening this year, even transvestite-potter-cun-National-Treasure Grayson Perry is getting in on the action. Remember when he had that amazing exhibition at the British Museum?
Anyway, there are loads of cracking events going on all over the country, and here are some of the erm… more unique ones I wish I could get to:
- Celebrating toilets at Gladstone Pottery Museum
- A candle-lit tour of the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle
- And this event at the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
Alas, for certain geographical and transportational reasons, I won’t be able to make it to those, but I am planning on heading along the coast to Gosport to see what’s going on at the Diving Museum (I was just as surprised as you were to discover that such a place exists!).
If you can’t leave the house, never fear for IT WILL BE ON TV! Yes, you read that correctly.
BBC Arts at Museums at Night, Saturday 17 May, 7pm, BBC Two
BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz will present a special programme from Museums at Night at the National Museum of Scotland.
There are even some spectacular Museum at Night themed badges.