Museums at Night 2011: Discover History in Action

| 27 April 2011
a photo of a man shining a light into an underground tank of water at Geevor Tin Mine
© Geevor Tin Mine
Museums at Night 2011 has a feast of fascinating tales for history enthusiasts.

Fans of industry can see the 122-year-old in steam at its eponymous museum in Tottenham or a catch a Cornish winding engine in motion at who are joining forces with for a special night shift.

You can also work the night shift at , Staffordshire who are promising visitors the warmth of the engine room, the regular beat of the great engines, the slow tick of the flow meters.

The engines will also be firing at , Cheshire and a Victorian crank-up lights up the in Dyfed Wales.

You can get the worker’s view of the industrial age at in Belper where Mr Strutt will be introducing his millworkers and framework knitters in a night of story telling, readings and period entertainments.

You can hear the story of the Severn Bridge disaster at – just part of their River Severn shipping evening with talks, displays and screenings.

In London tells the story of modern East End mariners with a special documentary screening and will be introducing the Age of Enlightenment in their late Night Historical Experience. 

a photo of the candlelit interior of Sir John Soane's Museum packed with antiquities and busts
Nighttime in the Sir John Soane's Museum© Stephen Astley
Another great museum in the capital, in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is opening up for exclusive candlelit tours of this remarkable house and collection in the company of expert curators. 

At the in Dorchester you can wander among the silent and imposing Chinese soldiers after nightfall or pop over to the newly opened for an evening exploration of its mosaic floors and hypocaust.

Fans of Roman history may want to head to to see one of England's most important Roman sites in a new light as experts in Roman artefacts explain the intriguing ruins of this Roman house as dusk falls.

At you can hear traditional Northumbrian music or head to Bath for an evening of exquisite Handel Arias in the atmospheric surroundings of . In Hastings rousing sea shanties are the order of the evening as a choir takes up residence at the .

Literary treats include a the chance to listen to Wordsworth’s poetry during a candle lit evening at or take a twilight tour of , the Sussex home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and regular bolt hole of Virginnia Woolf.

If you have been bitten by the dancing bug a 1950s Night will have you jiving the night away at the or there's an evening of 1940s-50s style entertainment with music by Bluejam's Vintage Swing Band to get you jitterbugging at .
Discover more events with a history theme during Museums at Night 2011

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