Museums at Night – how was the first night for you?

Yesterday kicked off with great excitement as we dispatched our writers off around the country, were featured on the One Show, and our chairman, the lovely John Newbigin, talked about Museums at Night with Claudia Winkleman on Radio 2 for a good 15 minutes! You can listen to them again for a week here: John’s bit starts about 1 hour and 5 minutes in to the programme.

I left the office and wandered in to the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, where they were offering free entry to the “Sickert to Gertler” exhibition of 20th century art, and lots of people were mingling, chatting and appreciating the gorgeous paintings and drawings.

Then I caught up with friends in Jubilee Square where Kanoti (who ran our Museums at Night animation competition) had organised an hour of animated short films to be projected on to the side of a building. Crowds of people gathered, many sitting down, applauding every film – much to the bafflement of people living in the building, who peered out through their curtains and were surprised by the cheering audience!

It’s been great reading people’s immediate reactions on Twitter (I’m retweeting comments and previews as @Culture24) and learning what a great time everybody had – especially people who enjoyed one thing last night and are setting out again tonight! The Faber Archive tour in particular sounds like a wonderful success – ticket winner Helen Cox has already written about the experience on her blog!

BBC Wales sent a reporter along to Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, who really captures what makes a torchlight tour so special.

We’re also getting the first reports back from our journalists, including this beautiful photo Patrick Dandy took of the illuminated exterior of Wollaton Hall in Nottingham.

A photo of the outside of a large historic house lit up at night

Wollaton Hall stayed open late for Museums at Night

What next? Well, I’ve just been interviewed by Ken Livingstone on LBC Radio about Museums at Night events in London, trying to mention as many venues as possible – being live on the radio is a real adrenalin rush, but I think I’m getting better at staying calm.

Keep watching the Culture24 site ( where we’ll be sharing reports as they come in. If you’re having fun at a Museums at Night event, do tweet about it using the hashtag #MuseumsatNight. And if you capture exciting photos of a Museums at Night event, please share them in our Flickr group – we’ll be showcasing the best images on our site!

Have a fantastic weekend, whichever events you go to!

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