Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery asks public to decide Museums at Night plan

By Culture24 Staff | 12 May 2011
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Museums at Night 2011: A Night at the Museum, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, May 14 2011

Part of Museums at Night 2011 in Tunbridge Wells will be decided by public mandate.

A family fun day is a certain fixture for the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery during the day, but keyholders will only keep the building open late if they receive 50 “likes” – a selection made by users which has become the new gauge of public popularity – on their Facebook page.

“Initially we hoped people would ‘like’ the post on the [Facebook] wall, but it seems that has become a little lost and we’ve received more ‘likes’ to the page as a whole,” explains Audience Development Manager Katrina Burton.

“As it’s a new Facebook page, which so far has only been promoted as part of Museums at Night, I’ve gone with the total ‘likes’ – after all, that is more likely to reach our target of 50. I think we’re up to 30 now, so there’s a good chance we’ll be open on Saturday night.”

A visual treat lies in wait courtesy of the museum’s current exhibition on artist John Piper, displaying works from his collaboration with poet John Betjeman on tourist guides in the mid-20th century, stage sets and costume designs for Benjamin Britten operas at Glyndebourne and designs for stained glass and tapestry.

Glowing lights, activities and stories will also entertain children and adults, and the pending after-hours opening will feature special lighting effects, projected views of the town from bygone days, refreshments and guided tours. Sounds like a manifesto worth voting for.

  • Visit the museum’s Facebook page and click on “like” to vote for the opening. Non-Facebook users can also telephone the museum to vote on 01892 554171.
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