Museums at Night 2011: St John's Warwick calls on film-makers to grab cinematic challenge

By Culture24 Staff | 13 May 2011
A photo of a large brick countryside house with pristine lawns in front of it
© E Gammie, geograph.org.uk
Museums at Night 2011: Create your own Night at the Museum Film, St John’s House Museum, Warwick, May 14 2011

Film-makers have until 3pm today to take up the challenge of capturing a beautiful country house on film as part of the Museums at Night weekend.

The story of St John’s House in Warwick is a filmmaker’s dream. Founded as a hospital during the reign of Henry II in the 12th century, it served as a refuge and hospital for hard-up travellers and the local poor and ill before changing hands during the Monastic dissolution.

The current look of the building represented a dramatic overhaul for the site in 1626, and George Greville – the 2nd Earl of Warwick – turned it into a private school in 1815.

Warwickshire County Council established it as a museum during the 1960s, full of impressive artefacts from social history and a recreation of the academic guise it once took.

There are rooms dedicated to the history of the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers, a large terrapin classroom for schoolchildren and beautiful surrounding gardens, all of which makes an invite to film fans to invade the grounds a real treat.

Teams of friends or family groups are now being challenged to take free rein of the venue for four hours to produce their own film in a competition which will give the winners a family pass to the breathtaking Warwick Castle for a year.

Conspiratorial camera crews have until 3pm this afternoon (May 13 2011) to join the fun – telephone Laura Pye on 01926 737741 for details.
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