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Midlands museums open ‘after dark’ to celebrate Museums at Night 2014

  • Date: 9 May 2014
  • Area: Midlands

Over three nights in May, museums, galleries and heritage sites across the Midlands will open their doors ‘after-dark’ to celebrate Museums at Night – a nationwide festival of after-hours arts and cultural events.

The festival, which is run by Culture24 and supported by public funding through Arts Council England, kicks off on Thursday 15 May until Saturday 17 May.

This year more than 500 venues across the country are holding events, giving people the opportunity to see a different side to the museums and galleries they know and love; or the chance to discover a venue they might not have visited before.

Events happening in the Midlands range from seeing the Staffordshire Hoard by torchlight at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery; getting creative with colourful laser graffiti at Derby QUAD; and watching the industrial might of the Black Country bought to life through human soundscapes and physical theatre at the Black Country Museum.

Join Compton Verney’s curators and head grounds man for tours of the exhibitions and grounds; pitch your tent at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings for an evening of readings and activities with author Alan MacDonald; or witness a theatrical re-enactment in the Victorian courtroom at the Galleries of Justice Museum.

Enjoy live music and film screenings at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum; explore Leicester’s Roman past at the Jewry Wall Museum; join A Colourful Crowd at the New Art Gallery Walsall for live performances, speakers and workshops; or etch together a giant patchwork quilt using Enginuity’s state-of-the-art design and manufacture equipment in their newly opened Fab lab. 

A big part of Museums at Night is Connect10, which joins up leading contemporary artists with cultural sites across the country to create ten special events.

Earlier this year more than 62,000 people voted for the museums and galleries they would like to see host an artist, and after rallying their audiences, two venues in the Midlands were successful. 

The Market Hall Museum in Warwick will host photographer Alex Hartley as part of the Great Warwickshire Show and Tell event to celebrate the heritage and culture of Warwickshire.

Over in Nottingham, artist Rankin will be at St Ann's Allotments photographing plot holders. Both events are taking place on Friday 16 May.

Find out more

For the full line-up of Museum at Night events happening across the UK, click here.

If you’re going to a Museum at Night event share your thoughts and pictures on Twitter by following @MuseumsAtNight and using the hashtag #MatN2014.