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Nocturnal adventures, late night openings and activities across Derbyshire 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 Museums at Night 2010 – the annual after-hours celebration. 

Museums and galleries across the country are uniting to open up their collections to the public, with late opening hours and a huge range of activities for all and the East Midlands boasting a great range of events this weekend.

Museums at Night is organised by Culture24 and will take place 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. In Derbyshire these include; a special evening viewing of Bridging The Gap exhibition at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery; meeting ‘live’ characters from the collection at the Museum of Childhood; story telling, a treasure hunt and shadow theatre at Strutts North Mill, Belper; high drama and excitement for children as the story unfolds of the Wirkswirth Highway Robbery at Wirksworth Heritage Centre; and traditional games, jigs and reels and sing-along songs with scrumptious buffet food in an evening of Folk, Beer & Skittles at Bakewell Old House Museum.

 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Bridging the Gap

Friday 14 May 7-9pm


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Join us for a special late evening opening – view the ‘Bridging the Gap’ exhibition and find out about the bridges of Derbyshire. Historically, travel in Derbyshire was tortuous, riding over broken roads on high moorland. Artworks from the museum’s permanent collection will show some of the engineering challenges that brought new bridges and tunnels to the county that changed the landscape and travel forever, and some of the famous bridges that may have inspired these designers.

 Museum Of Childhood at Sudbury Hall

A Night at the National Trust Museum of Childhood

Friday 14 May 5-8pm

Normal admission charges apply. Free to National Trust members.

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Experience the Museum of Childhood at Night when characters from our collections will come to life. Characters you will encounter include a Storm Trouper, Victorian School Master, Mad Hatter, Red and White Queens, Spanish Dancer, Bob the Builder and many more.

 Strutts North Mill, Belper

Night at the Museum at Strutt’s North Mill 

Saturday 15 May 6:30-9pm

Adults £4 /children FREE

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Explore the history of Belper. Come and meet Mr Strutt himself, the mill workers, framework knitters, farm hands and nail makers who will give a personal account of life around the Mills 200 years ago. In addition there will be story telling, a treasure hunt, shadow theatre, refreshments and other attractions.

 Wirksworth Heritage Centre

Stand and Deliver

Saturday 15 May

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An evening event for children based around the very real ‘Wirksworth Highway Robbery’ of 1820.
Children will be guided through an evening of high drama and excitement as a story unfolds based on an image of the original Highway Robbery Reward Poster. Fancy dress (for children and adults) optional! 

 Bakewell Old House Museum 

Folk, Beer and Skittles – Cheese and Pickles

Saturday 15 May 7pm – 10pm 

Adults £9.50 / Child £7.00

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A fun filled evening’s entertainment of traditional games and lively musical entertainment from the Noisy Neighbours – Irish, English, Scottish Jigs and Reels and sing-along songs such as The Wild Rover and Molly Malone.  All washed down with tasty beer from the award winning Thornbridge Brewery and scrumptious buffet food.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

 Erewash Museum

Night At The Museum Event

Saturday 15th May 7pm to 9pm


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Come along to the museum as we celebrate our Night At The Museum event.
The museum will be open for a special chance to view the building and exhibitions in the evening.
View the night sky in the museum garden with Ilkeston & District Astronomical Society and hear about the history of Derbyshire through stories, songs and legends.

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

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Notes to Editors:

 Museums at Night is organised by Culture24 and is funded by MLA. For further information visit

  1. 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.
  2. Culture24 is a registered charity and not-for-profit online publisher, working across the arts, heritage, education, and tourism sectors.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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

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