One of the nicest aspects of my job coordinating Museums at Night is working together with lots of fantastic people on promotional partnerships. For two years now I’ve been working alongside a certain lovely person from Faber & Faber, but we only knew each other from phonecalls and emails. So I was delighted to get the chance to meet her in person at the launch of If Walls Could Talk, the new book by Historic Royal Palaces chief curator Lucy Worsley.
As a history lover, I’ve been glued to BBC4 every Wednesday night for the last month, watching Lucy’s documentary series about the history of the home (which you can watch on iPlayer here). It’s been fascinating spotting interiors and experts from many of the museums and historic houses on the Culture24 database. Some of the facts she shared are really surprising – I had no idea that there were still 1600 Victorian gas street lamps still in use in the City of London, being lit and put out by official British Gas lamplighters every night!
Thanks to this partnership, we were able to place a competition in the Times for Times+ subscribers – the lucky winners will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Hampton Court Palace with Lucy, along with signed copies of her book. We’re very grateful to Lucy, Historic Royal Palaces, and Faber & Faber for helping us to set this up: it meant that Museums at Night was featured on the Times website and in 3 editions of the printed newspaper, making thousands of readers aware of the campaign.
A new exciting competition – tour the Faber Archives!
Faber are also working with us to offer a special Museums at Night competition which anyone can enter – but the competition closes at midnight on Sunday, so act fast! The Faber Archive holds 80 years of publishing history, ranging from its famous early 20th century poetry collection (including manuscripts byTS Eliot and WH Auden) to books on farming, gardening, art and architecture.
It’s never normally open to the public – but 5 lucky winners will receive an exclusive tour through 80 years of publishing history with archivist Robert Brown. And that’s not all: award-winning Faber poet Jo Shapcott will conclude the evening by reading some of her work!