Number 11 Downing Street celebrates Museums at Night

Every year we celebrate the Museums at Night festival at a different arts or heritage venue (HMS Belfast, the Florence Nightingale Museum, Kensington Palace).

This year, author Frances Osborne has invited the Culture24 team to celebrate Museums at Night at Number 11 Downing Street, the Chancellor’s official residence. As a historical researcher and biographer, she is interested in bringing arts and heritage to life for new audiences.

This is a great advocacy opportunity, and we’ve invited a representative sample of people from small and medium sized venues to come along, together with campaign supporters including some of the Connect10 artists.

However, it was important to us that this shouldn’t simply be a gathering of people talking in a room. We want to give our attendees the experience of a Museums at Night event – so we’ll be calling the evening Number 11 At Night.

A street of buildings with a glowing slash outside

Number 11 at Night invitation

We were interested to learn that Downing Street was built in the late 17th century, so we’ll be offering our guests the chance to try food and drink from that time period.

When each Chancellor of the Exchequer takes up residence in 11 Downing Street, they display examples of political cartoons about other Chancellors – so we’re inviting representatives from the Cartoon Museum to talk about them.

The walls of Number 11 are decorated with artworks from the Government Art Collection, who have run Museums at Night events for several years – so we’re inviting curators from the Government Art Collection to discuss them.

Finally, we’re inviting experts from the History of Parliament Trust and The Parliamentary Archives to tell stories about the history of the building and its former occupants.

We hope that with this event, we’ll be able to throw a positive spotlight on the work of the arts and heritage sector, and bring the Museums at Night festival to life in a new way – watch this space to hear how it goes!

One response to “Number 11 Downing Street celebrates Museums at Night

  1. Pingback: A Sense of Place · Is the modern countryside a ‘vast museum’?

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