Museums' late shift is popular

Museums did a late shift at the weekend, welcoming hundreds of visitors after normal opening hours.

Museums did a late shift at the weekend, welcoming hundreds of visitors after normal opening hours.

A total of 13 museums and galleries on Tyneside opened from 7pm to 11pm on Saturday, as part of an initiative called The Late Shows.

Venues included Newcastle's Discovery Museum and children's book centre Seven Stories, and Gateshead's Baltic and Shipley Art Gallery, which each hosted their own events.

Bill Griffiths of Tyne & Wear Museums, who has been coordinating The Late Shows, said there had been an enthusiastic response from venues who were all asked to lay on something special for the occasion.

And there had also been "huge support" from NewcastleGateshead Initiative which incorporated The Late Shows into its Culture 10 programme of world class events and festivals, providing money for promotion and for some of the special activities.

The late openings coincided with Museums and Galleries Month but also with La Nuit de Musee (The Night of the Museums), a well established European festival which sees crowds of people on the continent taking advantage of late opening.

The idea may be repeated next year.

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