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Museums at Night 13, 14 & 15 May 2011
Training workshops | Call for photos | BBC Things To Do

Dancers leaping into the air

Thank you so much for helping to make Museums at Night 2011 the most successful yet.

352 venues staged 467 events, in 169 different towns and cities across the UK. More than 120,000 visitors attended an event, and the media coverage the campaign received was worth over £1.1 million pounds – an extraordinary result, based on direct funding of £95,000!

New offer: free training workshops in your area

Many of you have told us that you’d like the chance to meet up, network, learn from and share ideas with other venues who took part in Museums at Night. We’re building a case for a fundraising bid that would pay for outreach to key areas where we see evidence that participation levels could increase in 2012.

Would you want a Museums at Night roadshow with Project Manager Nick Stockman and I to visit your area for a day of learning? We’d invite representatives from council-run and independent museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites, along with other campaign partners. By bringing together people who have run events before with those who haven’t, we hope to build stronger local connections and informal mentorships.

We’d like to gauge demand for this: would you attend a one-day workshop like this? Where would you suggest we hold it, what would be particularly useful for you to learn, and what would you like to leave with in terms of resources and knowledge? Please reply to this email to let us know your thoughts.

Please share your photos!

Remember my emphatic suggestion in previous e-newsletters that whatever else you did over Museums at Night weekend, you should make sure to take pictures? Please share them in our Flickr group here – we use them for advocacy throughout the year, and you’ll see them popping up in many places:

·    the Culture24 website
·    the blog
·    our Facebook page
·    our regular e-newsletters
·    the Museums at Night evaluation report
·    presentations given by Culture24 staff at conferences
·    our Museums at Night press image library
·    and even the video we’re currently editing for our campaign sponsorship pitch!

Find out more about the power of good images here.

Be part of the BBC’s Things To Do

The BBC Things To Do website is now live at With a host of history programmes coming up on BBC One, Two and Four, we'd love to feature your activities on Things To Do in time for the summer holidays.

If you have any activities coming up that are:
1) free or cost-recovery (after admission);
2) hands-on (eg guided tour or a talk with Q&A);
and 3) history-related;
then please feel free to join this exciting partnership and upload your activities to Culture24 - with a photo if possible - and we'll do the rest.

This is a great opportunity for you to promote your organisation's activities on the BBC website! You can find full details of the partnership, including an online registration form, at

For help uploading activities or photos, email

Image credits: Top left: Dancers in motion at the Museum of Bath at Work (c) Julian Lewis
Top right: Exploring Eastbourne's Redoubt Fortress with a lantern (c) Nick Stockman

A boy holding a lantern to look at a display

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Write a guest post for the Museums at Night blog!

The Museums at Night behind-the-scenes sector-facing blog will still be our place to share news, links, and case studies with you, although I’ll be updating it less often over the summer.

If you’d like to write a guest post about any aspect of event planning or marketing for cultural and heritage venues, or share a case study about successful outreach and audience development, find out what I’m looking for here and drop me an email!    

2012 dates

Museums at Night next year will take place over the weekend of Friday 18th - Sunday 20th May 2012.

Get social!

Culture24 Facebook page

Culture24 on Twitter

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Useful contact

Rosie Clarke is Culture24's coordinator for Museums at Night.

Tel: 01273 623336

Museums at Night is a national campaign led by Culture24 and funded by MLA and Arts Council England, showcasing the UK's vibrant museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives. It is associated with the European event, La Nuit des Musées.

Public health warning

Learn from my painful experience this weekend. Don't forget to apply and reapply your suncream. That is all.
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