Twilight at the Museums 2014 

During one of the wettest winters on record, Wednesday 19 February was noteworthy for two reasons: firstly, it didn’t rain; and secondly, it was one of the most popular Twilight at the Museums ever! Whether the two events are linked is uncertain, however, what we do know is that 12 museums and collections across Cambridge opened their doors after hours to welcome record numbers of curious and excited families for a mixture of free drop-in and bookable events.

Supported by public funding from Arts Council England, this annual event has become a firm fixture in the Cambridge calendar and 2014 proved to be the most popular event yet. Starting at 4.30pm and extended by an extra hour until 8.30pm, families had even more opportunities for fun and exploration. Many used this additional time to visit a number of different venues and experience a range of unique and magical activities.

While some museums were immersed in darkness, others were flooded with light providing the chance to investigate collections in different ways. From experiencing the sights and sounds of ice at The Polar Museum, discovering the deceptive powers of plants at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, to an exploration of light and shade in the evocative setting of the Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey, there was a huge amount on offer.

Travelling between venues, there were plenty of sights along the way: an interactive giant globe lit with pulsing, glowing images at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, a cycle-powered cinema outside The Polar Museum showing Sustainable Superheroes, a film created by local primary school children as part of a sustainability project with e-Luminate Festival, torch-lit tours of the historic streets of Cambridge with the Official Cambridge Guides, and in case all the exploring had built up an appetite ‘Steak and Honour’ - burger van with a difference – were on hand to keep grumbling tummies at bay alongside Caffe Mobile with their hot drinks and cakes.

Discover more about Twilight at the Museums on our blog and find out what was on offer at this year's Twilight by downloading a programme.

We look forward to seeing you all (and your torches) on Wednesday 18 February 2015!