Dancefloors, steampunks and murders: Six to see for Museums at Night 2014

| 09 May 2014

With Museums at Night 2014 less than a week away, here are six appetisers to watch out for

, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, May 15

A photo of people in a disco lit by dark pink lights
Recreate the Hacienda in Manchester© Chris Foster
Having grabbed your personal headset, let the Revolution Manchester gallery become your personal dancefloor – then test your muso knowledge with a quiz revealing the secret science of songs. This is part of Manchester After Hours, and pizza will be served. Book now.

, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton, May 15

A photo of people looking at various exhibits inside an art gallery in the evening
Drinking and doodling in Brighton© Courtesy Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Recreate one of the gallery’s finest paintings, dance to art rock in the world’s smallest silent disco (within the Ancient Egypt gallery), try speed life drawing and take part in the explanatorily-titled Drinkydoodle. Curator-led tours and chances to add to a collaborative drip-painting canvas make this a special night in a wonderful museum. Book tickets.

, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, May 16

A photo of a man taking part in an art workshop under dark lights
An extraordinary performance at the Jerwood© Kipperklock photography
An art class like no other, as artist-showman Chris Gilvan-Cartwright and puppeteer Isobel Smith star in a shadowy workshop and reality-blurring activities around the gallery as part of a gallery commission. Comedians Richard Herring and Robin Ince are among Gilvan-Cartwright’s fans. Telephone 01424 728377 to book.

, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, May 16

A photo of people recreating a sculpture of people clad in black within parklands
Recreating the great sculptures of Compton Verney© Compton Verney
Set in a Grade II-listed mansion with landscaped gardens, this is an exceptional evening wildlife walk and campfire in the woods, passing the Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin sculptures in the grounds. There are also curator tours of the exhibitions inside the grand old house. Book tickets.

, The Workhouse, Southwell, May 16-17

A photo of a man and a woman dressed up as a Victorian headmaster and schoolteacher
The National Trust's Southwell site was built in 1824© National Trust / Phil Newman
Lynsey Woods, of the former workhouse for the Victorian poor, says this should be a cracker: “Visitors will be split into small groups and guided around the atmospheric setting of The Workhouse by a pauper inmate,” she reveals.

“They will begin the evening in the Committee Room where they will meet the detective in the midst of his investigation into the murder of Henry Quillan, clerk to The Workhouse. Groups will then visit different locations to hear from suspects and begin to piece together the clues and attempt to figure out whodunit.

"The groups will then join together at the end as the detective arrives back with his report and announces who did the dreadful deed.” Telephone 01636 817260 to book.

, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, May 16

A Cumbrian circus
Anachronistic awesomeness with a tea-duelling cocktail bar, fancy dress life drawing, fire, frolics, flamingos, DJ sets and creative activities. The suggested dresscode is...steampunk. Book tickets.

Hundreds of events take place for Museums at Night between May 15-17 2014. Visit and follow the festival on Twitter@MuseumsAtNight.

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