Wifi? Check? Oh!

For an organisation relatively new to blogging we have learnt a lot in a small time. The first thing we have learnt, is that if you are going to do a live online blog during an event, first check to see if there is a wifi connection.

Sadly this was not the case on Saturday night as we invited the chattering Estelle Lovatt (follow her on twitter please @EstelleLovatt) to get chatting about Chadwick. The concept seemed simple enough, ply people with wine and get them talking about the exhibition, the scupltor and art in general. The more difficult thing was clearly making sure there was wifi. So the blog wasn’t ‘live’, but how many people were tuning in anyway as Denmark stole the Eurovision crown from across the water? Not many I imagine.

The following blog entries are a window into Saturday nights discussion seen through the eyes of a very tired Head of Learning ….

Chadwick Chatter

The chattering has started, Estelle is leading our critics for the night around the Lynn Chadwick exhibition. Their mission (that they have accepted) is to citique the exhibition, the work the, the setting, the night … essentially whatever they like … stay CHuned

Getting pies and performances sorted …

There’s a lote more to making a Museums at Night event than MEATS the eye. For this years sacrificial offering to the Museums at Night god is a Victorian Vendor performance in our museum, affectionately called ‘Molli’.

We have our vendor in place (a fantastical chef come puppet), but there’s no victorian food yet. A quick survey of Victorian knowledge amongst the catering team and a request to their understanding of Victorian food comes back with a mind boogling suggestion which opens with ‘Have you seen Heston Blumenthal‘s feasts?’ To which i quickly reply, ‘yes’ and ‘no’.

Then comes the discussion of pies, Victorian or not!? At this rate we’ll be phoning for some take away pizzas to serve up to our mouth watering audience ..

… and so the quest goes on

Only a week away to Museums at Night 2013!

We’ve got some great free events lined up for Museums at Night 2013:

Arts & Crime, Murder at Blackwell

Thursday 16 & Friday 17 May
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
5.30pm / 6.30pm / 7.30pm (8.30pm performances now full)
Performances last 30-40 minutes.

FREE event. Places are limited to 15 per performance.
Booking essential 015394 46139

Not all is as it seems when you enter the dining room at Blackwell tonight. You’ve mistakenly entered the end of a dinner party in the 1920s: what has happened and is someone still ‘at large’? Let the theatre company Bear Necessities lead you on a bespoke performance through Blackwell in search of the culprit.

The Tea Room and Gardens will be open until 10.00pm to enjoy a glass or two of wine and take in the wonderful views.

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New event, back by popular demand:
Chadwick Chatter with Estelle Lovatt

Saturday 18 May, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Abbot Hall Art Gallery

FREE event. Places are limited – book now to avoid disappointment.
Booking essential 01539 722464

Estelle Lovatt is back at Abbot Hall, and she wants to write a review of the Evolution in Sculpture exhibition, but she has writers block. We are inviting you to join a small group of art critics to review the show for us. The evening will start with a walking tour of the exhibition with Estelle. As you walk she will gather your innermost thoughts on the work (don’t be shy now), before heading to a quiet space with her (and some wine) to write a Cooperative reVIEW of Chadwick. The review will be published online instantly through our Museums at Night blog. We’re putting it in your hands!

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Sculptorades

Saturday 18 May
Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Gallery open until 10.00pm
Open from 6.00pm, games start after 7.00pm

FREE event, just turn up on the night!

Why stay in and play board games when the Lakeland Arts Trust team is challenging teams of visitors to a giant game of Cranium sculptorades as part of Museums at Night. The Gallery will be open until 10.00pm, so come along and enjoy an after-hours night at Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

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Talking about life on the Lake

Thursday 16 May
Windermere Steamboat Museum
Museum open 5.00 – 8.00pm

FREE event, just turn up on the night!

We’re staying open tonight to welcome people in for a chat. The new museum will be alive with Windermere vessels, but stories from people are as important as the objects themselves. Did you work on the lake or did members of your family in the past? Drop in for a close-up look at museum objects and photographs and a chance to share memories and bring our lake story to life.

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Victorian Vendor

Saturday 18 May
Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
Museum open until 10.00pm

FREE event, just turn up on the night!

We are serving up some Victorian food outside the museum and gallery as part of Museums at Night, but we’re keeping our very modern tastes in mind to serve you some more modern treats. Whatever your tastes, there will be something delicious for you.

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