Museums at Night 2014
PUBLISHED: 10:25 29 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:25 29 April 2014
Museums at Night, the annual night-time festival of arts, heritage and culture, will take place this year over the weekend of Thursday May 15 – Saturday May 17, 2014
Over three nights in May, during which time hundreds of museums, galleries and historic spaces all over the UK will open up late and putting on a dazzling array of special night-time events: from unique literary talks in castles to star gazing in historic houses; sleepovers in palaces to city-wide culture crawls; bands playing in amongst museum exhibits to science fiction life drawing in galleries. The Museums at Night festival offers the chance to experience culture and heritage in a totally unexpected way.
Some of the Museums at Night highlights in Devon include:
·Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter: Live at RAMM: Bhangra Extravaganza (Friday 16 May). A special evening of Bhangra music and dance. RSVP will play, the UK’s favourite Bhangra band who regularly play at events such as Glastonbury, Port Eliot and Womad. It’s a fully interactive experience with traditional Indian dancing lessons alongside the music. Family Friendly
·Castle Drogo, near Exeter: Drogo Spring Fling (Friday 16 May). On this special community evening, the castle, gardens and grounds will be open, with lots to see and do including games and performances by local musicians. Family Friendly
·Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery: The Echoes of War (Friday 16 May). As part of the commemorations for the centenary of the First World War, the museum will host dance demonstrations from the 1914-1918 era, as well activities for children. World War One documents and images from the City archives will also be on display.
·Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum, Kingsbridge: Open Evening and BBQ (Saturday 17 May). A chance to explore the museum after hours and enjoy a BBQ and hog roast in the museum’s garden. Local folk band Up the Creek will provide the music to start the party! Family Friendly
·Torre Abbey, Torquay: Museums at Night (Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 May). Revel in the romance of Torre Abbey by candlelight, while the gentle strains of a harp evoke memories of its past grandeur. Wander through the rooms as night falls and lights spills onto the lawns.
·South Devon Railway Museum, Buckfastleigh: Museums at Night (Saturday 17 Museum). Join the local train - known since time immemorial as Bulliver - and meet some of the people who drove engines, shunted trucks and served in the restaurant car. Family Friendly
Events are being added on a daily basis but full listings for Museums at Night can be found at www.museumsatnight.org.uk. For up to the minute news on Twitter follow @MuseumsatNight #MatN2014