Interested in tracing your family tree?
Love to look round a Museum but at work in the week?
Want to have an early evening date viewing an art gallery?
Look no further. Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, in Bath Road, Old Town, is joining hundreds of museums, libraries and heritage sites throughout the country in holding a Museums at Night evening on Friday 18 May, from 5pm-9pm.
As part of this celebration, genealogy expert Lorraine Mackie will be giving a Family History Evening talk from 7-8pm. Discover how to research your roots from the best and have the chance of asking about exploring your family tree.
The Art Gallery’s current exhibition They Take Art Seriously in Swindon will also be open, with the Friends of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery on hand to explain what they do and how to get involved.
So if you’ve nothing else planned this Friday, enjoy…. a night at the Museum – and don’t forget to view the crocodile and the Mummy, if you dare!
People will also get the chance to explore Swindon’s other hidden treasures at night this weekend as part in the national Museums at Night initiative.
On Saturday (19 May) Lydiard House and STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, will be throwing open their doors between 5pm and 9pm.
Lydiard House is giving visitors the chance to explore the intimate atmosphere of the State Rooms in a new light as darkness falls. As well as the permanent collection at Lydiard, there’s the opportunity to see ‘Traditions’ – a special embroidery display – created especially for Lydiard House by the Great Western Embroiderers and some of the artists will be at hand to talk about their work.
Sci-Fi and train enthusiasts will both enjoy the special atmosphere of visiting the STEAM museum at night, with the chance to explore ‘out of this world’ experiences at the Sci-Fi Exhibition – showcasing original costumes, props and memorabilia from the Star Wars, Terminator, Gremlins and Iron Man series.
STEAM’s new café Platform One, which opened at the start of this month, will also be open during the evening from 5pm until 8.30pm.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “Swindon’s Museums at Night events are a great opportunity for residents and visitors to try something different with their evening. All members of the family are welcome to come and see what wonderful works of art, historical pieces and magnificent exhibitions we have here on our doorstep.
“From seeing inside a stately home and meeting artists from The Great Western Embroiderers, to looking at fine art and climbing aboard a steam locomotive, there really is something for everyone.”
For admission prices to STEAM, call 01793 466637 or visit the website at www.swindon.gov.uk For Lydiard House, call 01793 770401 or visit www.lydiardpark.org.uk SwindonCard discounts are available. Entry to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is free.