Join in with our new autumn Holburne Museum Up-Late

Posted in: Doing Public Engagement

On the last Friday of each month, the Holburne Museum opens its doors for special themed late openings. On Friday 27 September 2024 we're taking over the Museum for one night only, exploring Myths and Storytelling, 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 27 September 2024 on the theme of Myths and Storytelling. The event is inspired by the temporary exhibition –Uncanny Visions: Paula Rego and Francisco de Goya – that opens its doors on the same night and by many objects in the museum that make us think of Greco-Roman myths, childhood fairytales and more contemporary stories. Therefore, the theme will be interpreted widely, from ancient to contemporary myths, everything from the myths of Zeus and the gods to the stories we tell ourselves today around technological advances such as AI.

We already have some activities included in the event, such as scavenger hunts around the galleries, translation activities, and creative performances that use the Holburne's collections to make us question and rethink myths and stories.

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 8 July 2024.

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 24 June 2024, and we can work on it together.

Your time commitment would include a few hours on the afternoon of Friday 27 September 2024 (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 two years ago on Women in the Arts, and another one last year on The Women of Bath, 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 8 July 2024 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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