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Museums at Night

  • Date: 2 May 2012
  • Area: South West
Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Credit: Jim Wileman

Museums at Night is the annual after hours celebration when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events from Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May.

A wide range of activities are taking place across the south west, including:

The Night Shift at Levant and Geevor Tin Mines is a guided tour of two neighbouring mines, both now heritage sites.

To add to the atmosphere, the 1840 winding engine at Levant Mine will be steaming. This is the oldest Cornish mine engine in existence and the only one still in steam. The tour will also include a guided walk of the mining heritage along the coast between the two sites and an opportunity to visit buildings not normally open to the public.

At the Red House Museum, Christchurch, a medieval Barber Surgeon will pay an evening visit and tell his tales of bloodletting, amputation and leeches.

The force will soon be with you as Steam-Museum of the Great Western Railway opens its doors for an exclusive evening viewing of its block buster Sci-Fi Exhibition.

Special displays include original costumes and props from the Star Wars, Terminator, Gremlins and Iron Man series, plus many life-sized character figures.

Booking is recommended for all events and further details can be found on the organisations' websites or from Museums at Night.