Today is day 25 of Blogtober, and the prompt is Years Gone By, in honour of the Museums At Night Festival, which is happening from 25th to 27th October.
Museums At Night
The idea is that venues all around the UK open their doors at night, to give people a chance to enjoy evening events and see night time displays. You can find out more about it, and search for local events here.
I am a big fan of museums and history. Last year, I went to Heaton Park’s Heaton Hall at night, during Halloween Weekend. It was built in 1772, and sits in the largest Municipal Park in Europe. (Which, luckily for me, is right on my doorstep)! The event was a submersive, spooky play. It was brilliant!
What I’m Doing This Year
This year, my friend and I are off to Ordsall Hall, for their Halloween Ghost and History Tour. It’s happening just after the Museums at Night Festival – Monday 29th October. I am beyond excited though.
Ordsall Hall was first mentioned in the 1100’s. The building which sits in the heart of Salford now dates from Tudor times. I have blogged about Ordsall Hall several times – most recently here.
I’m really looking forward to being subjected to scary stories about the infamous White Lady who roams the hall. She is so popular, they actually have their own Ghostcams. You can watch them whenever the Hall is closed! There are several overnight ghost hunts at Ordsall Hall over the year, but I haven’t made it along to one of those yet.
When I visited Ordsall Hall recently, I found this bit of graffiti – how amazing is it to think it’s been there for over 350 years!
I’m pretty sad to see there’s nothing going on in Greater Manchester during the festival itself – maybe next year though! Salford Museum do have an event listed on 1st November, which you can check out here. I think the Victorian Street in Salford Museum would be so good as a Museums at night venue – Imagine if they did a spooky story on the street, followed by supper in the cafe? Or if Ordsall Hall did a murder mystery type of event?
Can you tell I love museums yet? Are you up to anything exciting for Halloween?
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