REM Leicestershire Museums at Night

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Nocturnal adventures, late night openings and activities across Leicestershire this weekend

Night owls can look forward to a weekend of nocturnal adventures as museums and galleries alike inspire fresh discovery by opening their doors to late night visitors as part of the annual after-hours celebration.

Museums and galleries across the country are uniting to open up their collections to the public for Museums at Night 2010, with late opening hours and a huge range of activities for all with the east midlands boosting a great range of events this weekend.

Museums at Night is organised by Culture24 and will take from 14 -16 May to coincide with the Europe wide campaign La Nuit de Musées.

Renaissance East Midlands is supporting the family friendly events and museum openings happening at night across the East Midlands which are mostly free of charge. In Leicester these include a Medieval Leicester Night against the backdrop of the illuminated Roman remains at the city’s Jewry Wall Museum and We’ll Meet Again – celebrating Kegworth during Wartime at Kegworth Museum.

Jewry Wall Museum

Medieval Leicester Night At The Museum

Saturday 15 May 6pm – 9pm

0116 225 4971

Spend an evening entertained by medieval craft activities, displays and talks led by our re-enactor. Plus, take the opportunity to explore the museum against the backdrop of the illuminated Roman remains. Blue Badge guided walks around Medieval Leicester from 6.00pm – 7.15pm and 7.30pm – 8.45pm. To pre-book guided walks, please call 0116 225 4971

Kegworth Museum

We’ll Meet Again

Friday 14 May 7:30-10pm

£4 adults / £2 children.

01509 670137

A display and slideshow showing life for Kegworth people during the 2nd world war

This is a rare opportunity to visit your local museum during the evening and the exciting activities should appeal to both regular museum goers and new customers, adults and children.

For the latest information and to find out what’s happening near you visit


For further information, interview requests and pictures contact:

Mandy Dearsley


T: 0116 261 6867

or Louise Holland


T: 0116 261 6868

Notes to Editors:

  1. Museums at Night is organised by Culture24 and is funded by MLA. For further information visit
  2. Museums at Night Weekend will take place over the weekend Friday 14 – Sunday 16 May. The Europe-wide celebration will be on Saturday 15 May.
  3. Culture24 is a registered charity and not-for-profit online publisher, working across the arts, heritage, education, and tourism sectors.
  4. Renaissance is the MLA’s ground-breaking programme to transform England’s regional museums. Renaissance East Midlands leads and delivers the programme across Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire for further details visit
  5. La Nuit De Musée was introduced by the French Culture Department to succeed Printemps de Musées and takes place on the Saturday nearest to International Museums Day (May 18).  It is now supported by the Council of Europe. In 2009, over 2,500 museums in 41 European countries took part. For more information visit
  6. MLA is the government agency for museums, libraries and archives. Leading strategically, MLA promotes best practice to inspire innovative, integrated and sustainable services for all. Visit

Holland Alexander. Be Inspired. Events, Marketing & PR Agency. London & Leicester.

UK Young Artists




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For Immediate Release

 Derby welcomes UK Young Artists to the East Midlands

UK Young Artists is proud to launch its first national event UKYA01 which is to be hosted by Derby from 21 October. Derby will welcome the best creative talent from artists under 30 to showcase their work across a full spectrum of art forms and give vital support to these young artists at a critical time in their career.

 UK Young Artists is an exciting, new organisation working nationally and internationally to showcase young, creative practitioners between the ages of 18 – 30 whose work spans across all art forms; from visual arts to music, performance and literature.

The first UKYA event is taking place in Derby from Thursday 21 October. Venues include Ark Shop, Bubble’s Launderette, Cathedral Green, Derby Assembly Rooms, Déda, Derby Theatre, Market Square, Pickford’s House, Quad, the Silk Mill and University of Derby.

This national event for UK Young artists promises to be one of the foremost cross art form events for young artists and will alternate in the cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester on a two year cycle.  From a large national submission the event will provide an opportunity to see and experience creative practices at the leading edge of contemporary creativity.   

From this national showcase approximately 10 participants will be selected by a distinguished panel (including the dancer and choreographer Akram Khan and the artist Mariele Neudecker) to represent the UK at at next year’s 15th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, which will take place in Morocco in 2011.

 UK Young Artists is a new national event taking place every two years and Derby is delighted to be hosting the first one. UK Young Artists is a partnership of Derby University, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University, and Loughborough University with support from Arts Council England and Igniting Ambition.

For more information on the full programme, please see:


 Notes to Editors

UKYA aims to: 

  • Showcase the best of the UK’s young and innovative creative talent at regular national and international events
  • Give vital support to young artists (18-30) at a critical time in their career
  • Increase confidence in young artists and support emerging creative networks and professional development
  • Promote the values of intercultural dialogue, art as a language of peace and cultural exchange
  • UKYA is funded by Arts Council England, Igniting Ambition, De Montfort University, Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Derby.
  • UK Young Artists is the 100th project to get the Inspire Mark in the East Midlands
  • 50 artists aged between 18 and 30 were selected from open submission.  Although all have been based in the UK for at least a year, they come from 12 different countries as well as from all over the UK, from Penzance to Inverness and County Down to East Sussex. 
  • They are cross-artform, including choreographers, ceramicists, dancers, musicians, video artists, installation artists, painters, performance artists, photographers, sculptors, storytellers, writers and poets.
  • UKYA01 artists will be attending the event to participate, perform and exhibit from 21st – 24th October. Static exhibitions will continue beyond this date, end dates vary dependant on participating venues.

Renaissance East Midlands Heritage Awards

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For Immediate Release

 East Midlands’ museums win awards  

The winners of the inaugural Renaissance East Midlands Regional Heritage Awards were announced last night at an awards ceremony at Kelham Hall, Newark.

 The excellent work of museums and heritage collections throughout the East Midlands was celebrated at the event with Creswell Crags being awarded the coveted Museum of the Year.  

 The 2010 winners are:

Best Event 2010

Winner: The Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne for The Canal Village at War

 Best Exhibition 2010

Winner: New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester for A Journey Out of Darkness

 Inspiration Award for Best Special Project 2010

Winner: Northampton Museum and Art Gallery for Strut

 Work with Children and Young People 2010

Joint winners: Snibston Discovery Museum for Museum Club for Young People

and Naseby Battlefield for The Sounds of Naseby Battlefield

 Collections Care and Development 2010

Winner: Nottingham City Museums and Galleries for The John Player’s Project

 Best Visitor Experience 2010

Winner: Bosworth Battlefield

 Work with Volunteers 2010

Winner: Church Farm Museum, Skegness

 Judges Special Award 2010

Winners: Long Whatton History Society and

Worcester and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Collections


Museum of the Year 2010

Winner: Creswell Crags   

 Claire Browne, Regional Museums Development Network Manager and the co-ordinator for the Awards, said: “We are delighted to present the very first Regional Heritage Awards in the East Midlands. These museums and heritage centres make a real difference to the communities they serve and this has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their excellence.  The standard was extremely high and all finalists and winners deserve high praise for the work they do and its impact across the East Midlands.”


Notes to Editors

This is the first year of the Regional Awards, supported by Renaissance East Midlands, which recognise excellence in museums and heritage across the region. 

Renaissance is a £150 million programme to transform England’s regional museums. For the first time, investment from central government is helping regional museums across the country to raise their standards and deliver real results in support of education, learning, community development and economic regeneration. Renaissance is helping museums to meet people’s changing needs – and to change people’s lives. 

Holland Alexander.  Be Inspired. Events, Marketing &  PR Agency. London & Leicester