Last year's festival saw Liverpool Cathedral illuminated for LightNight 2013. Photo: Rhian Askins

BBC to show highlights from Museums at Night

Geraldine Kendall, 14.05.2014
After-hours festival kicks off this weekend
This year’s Museums at Night festival is almost under way, with the first events taking place tomorrow evening.

Highlights from the UK-wide festival will be shown on BBC Two at 7pm this Saturday, as part of the corporation’s drive to expand its arts programming.

Presented by Will Gompertz, the broadcast will feature live coverage of performances at the National Museum of Scotland, interviews with key figures in the museum world and short films of other events around the country.

Further coverage will be available at BBC Arts Online via a live stream from Imperial War Museum North, which starts at 6.30pm on Saturday.

This year’s festival promises a lively line-up of music, arts and activities. In Scotland, the Low Parks Museum is playing host to the Wild Woods Festival, a forest fair for all ages featuring music, woodworking and storytelling.

The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester will transform into a dancefloor for a silent disco, plus hold a quiz on the science of music, while Tullie House Museum in Carlisle is playing host to a Steampunk Circus with cocktails, fancy dress and a fire performance.

In Wales, artist Janette Paris is staging a site-specific musical at the Cardiff Story Museum based on displays in the collection, and wildlife lovers will have a chance to count bats and moths at Abergavenny Castle.

The Armagh Planetarium in Northern Ireland will run a family friendly evening programme exploring stars, dinosaurs and meteorites.

In London, the Cartoon Museum is hosting a Punch and Judy night, while UCL Museums is running a murder mystery tour, complete with a prize for the best dressed detective.

Londoners will also have the chance to take part in the Museum Mile, a guided evening tour of the Museum of Freemasonry, the Courtauld Gallery and the Hunterian Museum.

Chiltern Open Air Museum in Buckinghamshire will be hosting a Pegasus-themed evening, where participants can go on a quest to hunt down mythological objects after dark.

The Museums at Night Festival runs from 15-17 May 2014.

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