Museums at Night 2011: It's Fright Night

By Culture24 Staff | 27 April 2011
A photo of two children looking scared
In a gleeful twist of fate, Museums at Night falls on Friday the 13th this year, although few of the temples of eeriness involved need an excuse to give visitors a cheeky fright.

Find out why childbirths were shrouded in red light in the Middle Ages at the City Museum in Winchester, watch a double horror bill of mummy horror films at London’s Petrie Museum and face an Ichthyosaurus in the dark at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Murders are in store at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum, Torre Abbey in Devon and Historic Dockyard Chatham, where you can also spend a night in the amazing No 1 Smithery.

The John Rylands Library in Manchester is holding a special evening of Doctor Who screenings, but even the man himself would probably get a serious case of the jitters on a stalk through the Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol or the condemned cells of the Victorian Ruthin Gaol in Denbighshire.

The famous Smithfield Market in London hosts a stroll taking in murders, monasteries and martyrs, and other tours include Sulgrave Manor near Banbury, Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, the Edwardian Preston Manor in Brighton and Castle Ward in County Down.

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