History continues after hours at special Museum at Night events in Norfolk

Talitha Hubbard learns about arms and armour from Lee Warden at a previous Museums at Night event at

Talitha Hubbard learns about arms and armour from Lee Warden at a previous Museums at Night event at Norwich Castle. Picture: Simon Finlay - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Great Yarmouth is all at sea with series of maritime themed events, while Norwich Castle Museum promises a firey finale to a special late night opening.

There will be plenty of fun at the Titanic exhibition at the Time and Tide museum.
Jenny Moore,7,

There will be plenty of fun at the Titanic exhibition at the Time and Tide museum. Jenny Moore,7, in costume acts out the blockbuster movie. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

They can't promise that exhibits will comes alive but the Museums at Night initiative will this weekend see museums stay open longer to welcome visitors after hours.

Norwich Castle is offering a chance to venture into the unexpected on May 20 (5pm-9.30pm, free entry). In the miniature world of the Small Stories exhibition you will be able to enjoy the fun with the Foolhardy wonderland characters. Choose your ingredients and concoct a 'drink me - shrink me' potion to take home, or journey into another world with our story teller.

There will be a magic entertainer and you will be able to help him perfect his tricks and join stonemasons and apprentices from the Guild of St Stephen and St George as they reveal their own tricks of the eye.

Pick up a prop and examine museum stuff in a different way, or do the maths and calculate how much you need to grow or shrink to fit in the viewfinder. The night turn will end with a spectacular Fiery Finale.

The new Olive Edis exhibition at Cromer Museum will host special events including dressing up in EDw

The new Olive Edis exhibition at Cromer Museum will host special events including dressing up in EDwardian clothes. Picture: Norfolk Museums Service - Credit: Archant


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In Great Yarmouth the nocturnal happenings have a maritime flavour. Chiming with the current Titanic exhibition, Time and Tide Museum, on Blackfriars Road, will be turned into RMS Time and Tide on May 19 (6pm-10pm, free entry), with a nod to the Edwardian passenger liners of the past. Will you spot a famous billionaire?

Send a telegraph with our Marconi machine and dust off your table manners with some first class dining lessons. Or maybe you will venture down to third class to where the real party is?

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There is a mutiny at the Tolhouse Museum on May 19 (6pm-10pm, entry free). It has been taken over by its crew and the captain is locked in the cells, can you free him before his men find out? Or will you be enticed by the crew to their side, with their cannons and weapons?

Elizabethan House Museum is also all at sea on May 19 (6pm-10pm, free entry). See the riches of Elizabethan Merchant, from the exotic spices and objects he has imported from far off places, to the lavish fabrics his wife uses to make her wonderful garments.

A trio of museums in Great Yarmouth will be opening for free after dark. Photo: Norfolk Museums Serv

A trio of museums in Great Yarmouth will be opening for free after dark. Photo: Norfolk Museums Service. - Credit: Norfolk Museums Service

Cromer Museum has a night of lights and photography on May 20 (6pm-9pm, free entry) as they celebrate the new permanent display celebrating the life and artistic legacy of photographic pioneer Olive Edis, with Edwardian dressing up and selfies.

At St Mary's Church in Diss on May 20 (7.30pm-9.30pm, £10, details 01379 650618) Pulham Orchestra, conducted by Margery Baker, will be performing live music by Laura Rossi to film The Battle of Somme, in conjunction with Diss Museum.

• Full details at: www.museumsatnight.org.uk

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