Dragon Hall up for national award

PUBLISHED: 11:31 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:31 27 February 2013

Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich.; photo by Adrian Judd

Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich.; photo by Adrian Judd

Archant Norfolk 2011

An historic Norwich museum has been shortlisted to win a national award.

Dragon Hall is competing to become a venue for a leading British sculptor as part of the nationwide Museums at Night project.

Selected from hundreds of venues across the country, the medieval guildhall is competing against three other museums in a bid to work with Richard Wentworth, a sculptor and artist.

The project is aimed at opening up UK museums to the public, and Dragon Hall needs votes in order to beat the competition.

Sarah Power, Heritage Engagement manager at Dragon Hall, said: “The focus for me is the chance to highlight the culture of museums and art galleries in the East.”

If Dragon Hall is successful, Richard Wentworth will create steampunk-inspired art for the museum. Steampunk, a futuristic blend of victorian fashion and technology, has been increasingly popular in recent years, and Ms Power hopes people will be inspired by the steampunk genre.

Ms Power added: “I chose Richard Wentworth, because I felt that his art and his ideas fitted in very well with my thought process for the event. Hopefully if we win he will create us some art which will be a legacy for Dragon Hall.”

The Museums at Night Event ‘In the Company of the Curious: Steampunk at Dragon Hall’ will be an adult only event featuring a Twilight Tea Bar, absynthe drinking, poetry and a peep show.

Aiming to bring glamour and fun into museums, Ms Power said: “We’re always looking to put on something different here at Dragon Hall, and Museums at Night really is about capturing a new audience.

Dragon Hall is a unique, Grade I listed medieval hall built around 1430 by Robert Toppes. It is known for its timber crown-post roof and intricately carved and painted dragon, and today is open as a museum.

Ms Power thinks its important to support Dragon Hall and said: “We’ve got stiff competition so its important that people vote.”

Voting is open now until 5pm on Tuesday 5th March. Everyone with a valid email address can vote. Vote at: and join the facebook event:

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