A nude beach frolic or hide-and-seek?

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v0_masterOn May 18th it is International Museums Day. Linked with this in the UK is Museums at Night, a three day event that starts today.

The purpose behind this is a bit gimmicky but who cares if it encourages us to see what our museums hold? Few, if any, museums open at night so that’s one difference. Secondly some places open which are ordinarily closed such as Trinity House in London.

Almost 700 events will take place over the next three days whilst, at the same time, giving visitors free access to museums from darkness until whenever the organisations decide to close. And some won’t close at all.

Why do it? As I said, to get us I to these places. The research from last year showed that 3% had never visited a museum at all until the 2013 Museums at Night. But nearly one third of people said they had not previously visited the place they went to that evening. Because there are so many museums to visit from national ones to small ones and even- to one I know – a museum located in a telephone box, I bet there is one near you that you haven’t visited.

Grayson Perry playing hide-and-seek in York Museums will be a different offering to what might be expected but so will the English National Ballet performing the World War I-inspired Second Breath at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester on Saturday. And it needn’t take place in museum. Spencer Tunick, known for taking photographs of naked crowds, will ask people parade nude on Folkestone beach on Saturday. It’s just as well that this weekend is forecast to be the hottest of the year so far! In Newport in South Wales, you can join a pub walk (note they don’t use the word, “crawl”) around historic pubs in the city and in Carlisle, there is a Steampunk playground in the Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery.

In the time honoured phrase, there should be something for everybody. Click here to be taken to a site that will show what’s on in your area.

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