It’s Thursday morning and we have 14 days to go until Museums at Night weekend, May 14th-16th. Things are going really well – and I have a lot of good news to share with you.
We’re celebrating breaking through the 300 event mark – as of this morning there are 309 Museums at Night events in the Culture24 database!
We’re also delighted that writer and broadcaster Andrew Collins is supporting the Museums at Night campaign: read Culture24’s interview with Andrew here, where he shares his favourite memories of museums and galleries.
He’ll be speaking at our Museums at Night launch at the newly refurbished Florence Nightingale Museum tonight, along with Lord Chris Smith. I’m really looking forward to meeting people in person who I’ve only phoned or emailed in the past – I’ll be wearing a dress covered in turquoise butterflies, so if you see me, please come and say hello!
On the technical side, you’ll notice that there’s new functionality making it easier to search the Culture24 website for events near you. On the Museums at Night homepage it’s now easier to find events on the Google map by entering your town or postcode, then searching for events within 1, 4, 16 or 32 miles of you.
You can also choose to display your results either on a map, or as a list.
When you look at the list, you’ll see more information about what kind of event each one is, along with the first couple of lines of the event description.
Finally, when you click through to the event, it’s now easier to distinguish the Museums at Night events from other ones taking place at the same venue: the Museums at Night ones are lightly shaded in blue and carry the patterned branding. Here’s an example from the Blists Hill Victorian Town record.
And in other news, Laura Crossley from Norwich HEART, who previously wrote this guest post for us, has been researching recommendations for staging sleepovers in museums, galleries and heritage sites – it’s all excellent advice if you’d like to know more about what might be involved in running a sleepover at your venue in future.