Get involved in Up Late at the Holburne Museum

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On the last Friday of each month, the Holburne Museum opens its doors for special themed late openings. On Friday 29 September 2023 we're taking over the Museum for one night only, exploring The Women of Bath – Past, Present, Future, and invite you to join us!

Holburne Museum Up-Lates

The Holburne Up Late series of events are a fantastic opportunity for audiences to discover the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of the Holburne Museum in a relaxed and engaging environment between 5pm and 9pm on the last Friday of every month.

Alongside the exhibitions, bar and DJ, there are also themed activities throughout the Museum for visitors to take part in, organised in collaboration with local partners.

University of Bath at the Holburne Museum

We're currently in the process of planning our next Up-Late for Friday 29 September 2023 on the theme of  The Women of Bath – Past, Present, Future. The event is inspired by artist Judy Chicago's work The Dinner Party (1974-1979). Out of the 1,038 pioneering women mentioned in the work, more than 30 were linked to Bath. For this event, we want to take the opportunity to honour their contributions to art, music, literature, science, and politics, and also to celebrate women today and here, at the University and in our local community, who are making contributions across these fields.

We already have some activities included in the event, such as an arts and crafts workshop where we imagine our own Bath Dinner Party, scavenger hunts around the galleries, interactive talks, and sensorial experiences that use the Holburne's collections to celebrate the women who lived in Bath, passed through our city, or left a mark on it from further afield.

Get involved

Would you like to get involved in this event and develop your skills in public engagement? If so, we'd love to hear from you. If you have an existing activity, get in touch with your proposal outlining:

  • a description of the activity and a link to the theme and/or the museum collection
  • the resources and space needed and approximate costs
  • will you need volunteers to be able to run your activity? If yes, would you need help recruiting them?

Your proposal should be approx. 250 – 300 words and can contain bullet points. The call for expressions of interest is open to all staff members of the University (teaching, research, and professional services) and all research students.

We have a small amount of funding available for materials and expenses.

The deadline for proposals is Monday 17 July 2023.

If you have an idea, but you are not sure how to develop it into an activity that fits the theme and the Museum space, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me ( before Monday 3 July 2023, and we can work on it together.

Your time commitment would include a few hours on the afternoon of Friday 29 September 2023 (between 4pm and 9.30pm, depending on the length of your proposed activity) and a few preparatory meetings before (we will endeavour to keep these to a minimum).

What I get out of this work

With funding from the Public Engagement Unit, I organised an Up-Late last year on Women in the Arts, which involved a scavenger hunt around the museum, banner-making and open discussions. It was a great way to engage museum visitors with my teaching and research.

Get in touch

Send over your proposal to me ( by Monday 3 July 2023 or get in touch before to discuss this opportunity.


Dr Sandra Daroczi is Lecturer in French Studies in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Posted in: Doing Public Engagement


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