Nottinghamshire attractions get involved in Museums at Night
We all know what it’s like to visit a museum for the day – but have you ever wondered how the experience changes when you visit after hours? This week sees the return of Museums at Night, a nationwide event which takes place ahead of International Museums Day on Monday and runs alongside the European campaign La Nuit Des Musées. Over the next few days, galleries and cultural venues around Nottinghamshire will be opening their doors in the evening, giving you the chance to see stunning artworks and performances in a new light.
Nottingham’s Galleries of Justice is inviting you to explore the caves, cells and underground dungeons of the former gaol during an event called A Prisoner’s Tale. The museum will run hour-long interactive tours, suitable for all ages, at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm this Thursday when you will be able to find out about the condemned prisoners who were tried and executed here.
For those who want a real fright, the Galleries will also be running a ghost tour on Friday evening. The tour, which is strictly for grown-ups, uncovers the chilling and gruesome history of this building, which is said to be haunted by the tormented souls of past prisoners. There’s a bar available, making it the ideal place to visit after work with friends or colleagues. Booking is recommended.
If you have visited The Workhouse at Southwell before you will know that it has a distinctive atmosphere, as the stories of previous inmates hang heavy in the air. Explore what life was like for the Victorian poor and their master in a special story-telling evening being held at 6.30pm on Friday and Saturday. The event brings to life the story of the controversial local by-election of 1851 which evoked passionate feelings among the paupers, who were not entitled to vote. Booking for the event is essential on 0844 2491895 or via the website.
Meanwhile, Lakeside Arts Centre will be welcoming Theatre Sans Frontieres on Thursday evening. The show, entitled Amor en el Jardin and performed in Spanish with English surtitles, is inspired by the great Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca and blends theatre, poetry and music. Tickets are priced between £11 and £15 and are available from the website.
Further details on Museums at Night can be found on the website. You can also join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #MatN2015. Please note that Nottingham Contemporay’s event, An Evening with Glenn Ligon, is fully booked however you can join the waiting list here.