After hours: new spring programme

Towards the end of last year, we embarked on a new ‘After hours’ programme at the Museum. The varied programme explored some new ways of working, both through one-off collaborations and by developing new and long term partnerships.


Building on this experience, the team has developed a set of aims to guide the development of subsequent events and the After hours programme as a whole:

‘After hours’ events will always work towards our key aims to build understanding between cultures and a sustainable world. The After hours programme will demonstrate that the Museum’s imaginative, inclusive and caring ethos can be a vehicle to communicate this to our audience.

In addition, the programme will have its own specific aims:

  • Awareness: more people will know about the work of the Museum and the wider programme
  • Access: develop a programme that enables adults to engage with the Museum outside of working hours
  • Experiment: with new activities in a museum space
  • Collaborate: with new community and cultural partners through an innovative programme

For spring 2019, we have put together a great new programme of events that will run from 18:00 on Thursday evenings each week at the Museum. You can view the events on our calendar or download our After hours flyer.

Below you can see what we are planning for each week at a glance, but please do click on the link for more detailed information about what will be happening throughout the night:

7 February 18:00-21:00
Night of the Pig: an evening of culture, music and film to welcome in the Chinese year of the pig.

14 February 18:00-21:00
Bittersweet: Eat, drink and explore the history, traditions and culture behind some of our favourite food this Valentine’s day.

21 February 18:00-21:00
Nocturnal Animals: Hands on activities, craft and tours to explore nocturnal animals at the Museum.

28 February 18:00-21:00
Reclaim Presents ‘Drop the Mic’ Music, Poetry and Politics: young working class activists of RECLAIM will bring together some of the city’s best young talent.

7 March 18:00-22:00
Arts, Culture and Wellbeing: Music and recovery with MCR Live: exploring the positive benefits of music – from listening to and creating it, to singing and music therapy – for personal wellbeing.

14 March 18:00-21:00
School trip for Grown Ups: bringing you some of the best bits of our learning programme for a fun-packed evening of games and activities.

21 March 18:00-21:00
Difficult Dialogue: Importing International Conflict: exploring how communities can address division and create understanding, goodwill and harmony.

28 March 18:00-21:00
South Asia Collective: an evening of art, music and conversation from the collective at the heart of our new South Asia Gallery.

4 April 18:00-21:00
Quiet night at the Museum: as part of World Autism Awareness week, an opportunity to explore the Museum away from the normal hustle and bustle of a daytime visit.

11 April 18:00-21:00
Jallinawala Bagh 1919: Punjab Under Siege: the official opening of our new exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Partition Museum in India.

As you will see, there is a really great, varied line-up for spring 2019, and we hope to see you ‘After hours’ at the Museum!


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