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Museums at Night

Museums at Night 2013

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.

Events in 2013

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

A free evening of art, live performance and interactive projects. Responding to the theme of Traces, over twenty artists will be presenting work across a wide range of media, including sculpture, film, photography and creative writing. This evening of innovative programming will be accompanied by a bar and music from Shed and DJ Jazzlord.

Image - Nicholas Osborne, Passing Presence, 2013

Museums at Night
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 18 May, 5-10pm

Come and marvel at Brian Griffiths' turbine-hall-esque transformation of the Castle Keep. Help create a giant junk masterpiece and make a fabulous mask to wear and take home afterwards. Plus live music, 'street' performers and our brilliant torch-lit trail. 
Free admission
In collaboration with Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

16 Ways of Writing a Poem: All Night Poetry Masterclass with Mario Petrucci
Writer's Centre Norwich
Saturday, 18 May 2013, midnight - dawn

This Museums at Night poetry workshop in Norwich runs from midnight till dawn will give you a fascinating hands-on trawl of all the major pathways into new poems. As comprehensive as it is unique, Mario's engaging approach will keep you and your fellow workshop participants writing from midnight to dawn – an experience you're not likely to forget.

Mario's path to 16 ways of writing a poem is just the tonic to help you unearth new ideas. It will include observation, the senses, personal memory, reflection, imagination, other people's work – everything from the 'found poem' to Larkin's pickles. Mario's immense experience in the field fuels a groundbreaking masterclass on compositional process, generating a workshop experience of immense variety and enduring value that will leave you wanting more.

Book your place today. No monsters, just great poetry. The writing workshop will run from midnight on Saturday night until 6am on sunday morning.
Ages 18+
Admission £65 / £55 conc

N.B. Norwich HEART is not co-ordinating events for 2013, but is helping promote all the Museums at Night events as a fantastic opportunity to explore museums and heritage sites after hours.

Events hosted in 2012:

Norwich hosted seven events of nocturnal goings-on on Friday 18 May and Saturday 19 May with some of Norwich's key museums and heritage attractions unlocking their doors after hours as part of the nationwide event, including A History of Colman's - Talk & Tasting Evening at The Colman's Mustard Shop & Museum; Stop the press! Late opening at The John Jarrold Printing Museum; The Shaming of Agnes Leaman - An adult storytelling performance at The Guildhall; Exhibition of circus history at St Laurence Church; Museums at Night Special at Norwich Castle; Museums at Night Special at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and Twilight Tower Tours & Hidden Spaces Tours at The Cathedral of St John the Baptist.

For information on nationwide events please visit


Museums at Night 2011

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


Museums at Night 2010

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.



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