Lancashire will be taking part in the UK Museums at Night programme, with numerous after-hours cultural events at libraries, country houses, museums and heritage sites across the county.
The events, which largely take place from 16th – 18th May, include 15 at venues in Pennine Lancashire. Hosted by the Creativity Works foundation with the help of a £44,140 Heritage Lottery Fund donation, the theme will be “Festival of Wonders”, telling tales of the heritage, places and people of the region. Several events, such as the Edward Stocks Massey exhibition at Towneley Hall, include an opportunity to explore the antique bookcases, fine artworks and other exhibits linked to the theme.
Described as “a museum in a country house”, the Hall was home to the Towneley family for more than 500 years, but it was stripped of furniture when, having sold the house to the Corporation of Burnley in 1901, the family departed. However, a bequest left by Edward Stocks Massey, of the Massey’s Brewery firm, enabled Restoration of the Towneley Collection. During Museums at Night, visitors can enjoy tours of the house and place the Victorian dining chairs , antique chests and other exhibits within the context of the events that led to their acquisition.
The Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington is famous for its Tiffany collection, and Museums at Night visitors can enjoy a musical recounting of this event, before exploring the antique cabinets and other effects of the hall. A Tiffany lamp has universal appeal, and looks wonderful displayed on a Victorian mahogany pedestal desk from a Preston antiques dealer.
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