Looking back at Museums at Night 2010 – where do we go from here?

Museums at Night 2010 has been a wild ride: in the end we had around 360 events taking place all over the country, which took an enormous amount of organisation. We’d really like to thank all the staff and volunteers at each venue, who went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that every visitor had an amazing experience!

An illustrated hand written thank you letter from a child

A thank you letter to the Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson

Did you put on an event? Please let us know what went well, and what we could do to support you better next time, by filling in our venue survey.

Did you go to an event? Please let us know what you thought, and any suggestions for improvement next year, by filling in our visitor survey.

There was excellent media coverage across the sector, from radio, primetime TV (the One Show reported live from the Churchill War Rooms sleepover), and Clifton Suspension Bridge had a visit from a BBC Breakfast News TV crew – watch carefully and you might even see the ghost of Brunel!

There have been numerous blog posts shared about Museums at Night events: the Scottish Poetry Library tripped the moonlight fantastic, Caroline went to the Government Art Collection’s event, “BangsandaBun” explored Harewood House, and competition winner Helen was one of the 6 lucky literature lovers who got to visit the Faber Archive.

Ther Culture24 team also crossed the country to capture the excitement: here are our experiences at the Tank Museum, Dorchester Museums, Wollaton Hall, Colman’s Mustard Shop in Norwich, Petersfield Museum & the Flora Twort Gallery, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery and Tate Modern.

Watch the fun at Avoncroft Museum:

We’d like to thank MLA, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, for funding Museums at Night this year, and to everyone else who supported us – BBC History Magazine for producing the beautiful Guide, the BBC and British Museum for offering venues the Relic trails, VisitEngland for helping us publicise the campaign, the Florence Nightingale Museum for hosting our launch, and Ruth Cobb and Pandora George who worked so hard to get the word out about Museums at Night!

Thanks to everyone who read the blog and the email newsletters, and who responded to our questions and calls for help. Thanks to the hundreds of Facebook fans and thousands of Twitter followers who tweeted, retweeted, shared their stories, asked questions, offered advice and helped us make this the most successful year of Museums at Night ever!

It’s been an amazing journey, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.

This blog will continue – there are lots of offers of guest posts coming in, and we’re keen to keep sharing best practice in event planning and marketing, so we can all learn from each other. But that’s a story for another day: I’m taking a long weekend off and will be back next week!

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