Museums at Night is the annual after-hours celebration of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites nationwide open their doors for special evening events.
In the Company of the Curious: Steampunk at Dragon Hall
Thursday 16th May, 8-11pm
Dragon Hall will be celebrating 'Museums at Night' this year with a veritable cornucopia of Steampunk delights. Curating the event will be Master Alexander Simpson: gentleman poet and explorer whose poetic verse is infamous throughout the Empire.
Lined up for the evening is a host of enchantments:
The Extraordinary World of Steampunk Station X from the Time Travel Team.
A live radio show of the extraordinary vintage past in true time travelling style. Visually exciting with live music and original sketches, our shows are a cornucopia of marvels, wonders and delights.
Faileontology: the surreal and silly a-causal mechanics theatre experience with Jacques and Albert. Listen to Live Music from The Familiars and Army of Mice whilst you promenade your apparel! See Lady Isobel's Polite Peepshow in the Undercroft. Also for your amusement, Sir Timothy Wilson-Knight will be demonstrating the manly art of Bartitsu: Victorian stick and umbrella dueling techniques for the discerning Gentlemen and Ladies....bring your own umbrella.
You might dance a turn with our delightful dance instructor, Miss Lydia, beneath the beams of the magnificent medieval hall, or take in our fireside feature film Arms Race Escalation in the Perfect Parlour whilst you play a few rounds of rummy. If all of this excitement exhausts you, the Twilight Tea Bar, and the Den of Iniquity offer an opportunity for revivification through tea dueling (Will you Nom, Splash, Splatter or Splodge?) or learn the art of La Louche.
Finally, don't forget to visit Mr Bottrell's Fabulous Underground Photographic Chamber, so that you can record the evening for posterity. So don't sit at home confabulating this May; pull on your corsets and goggles and party like it's 1899!
An evening of art installation, music, and live performances
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA)
Friday 17 May, 7-10pm
For information on nationwide events please visit www.museumsatnight.org.uk
Norwich hosted five events of nocturnal goings-on between Friday 13 May to Saturday 14 May 2011 with some of Norwich's key museums and heritage attractions unlocking their doors after hours as part of the nationwide event.
The city's Museums at Night events are organised collaboratively by Norwich Heritage Econimc and Regeneration Trust (HEART), Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Renaissance East of England, Colman's Mustard Shop and Museum, John Jarrold Print Museum, the Guildhall and the Cathedral of St John the Baptist.
If you took any photos at any of the Museums at Night events, and would like to contribute to an online photo album celebrating the weekend's events, please e-mail them firstname.lastname@example.org
Night owls enjoyed a weekend of nocturnal goings-on from Friday 14 May to Sunday 16 May as Norwich's museums and heritage attractions unlocked their doors for Museums at Night 2010.
Norwich HEART coordinated the city's events, which were part of the nationwide Museums at Night, organised by Culture24 and funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
2010 was the first year Norwich had taken part in Museums at Night on such a grand scale - several venues, including five of the Norwich 12 buildings, were open after hours as part of the national campaign, which aimed to capture people's imaginations and encourage audiences to do something different with their evening.
Visitors to Museums at Night events were offered a range of experiences, including an installation, moonlit tours, ghost stories and children's sleepovers.