From a darkened trail in the footsteps of a notorious 18th century pirate to First Aid drills and duties on wounded Second World War civilians, Museums at Night returns in May for another weekend of surprising, imaginative and inspiring events in museums and galleries across the UK.
More than 150 events have been announced so far, including stonemasonry at Swanage Museum, a glimpse back into railway history at the Topsham Museum in Devon, kaleidoscopic African art at the October Gallery in London.
There will be after-hours musical treats at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and the rumble of engines in Birmingham, where a free art bus will link four exceptional galleries in the second city.
The campaign parties across several towns and cities – in Newcastle, The Late Shows are back for another vibrant fiesta through Tyneside’s amazing roster of venues, and Stockport takes a spoken word and poetry theme for 2011.
The aim is to show spaces in a different light, which many venues have taken literally with a gaze up at the stars. The Royal Observatory, Lyme Regis Museum and the Coats Observatory in Paisley are among those going astronomical for the occasion.
- To find out more about the campaign and check out the full programme head to www.culture24.org.uk/museumsatnight