Night at the museum

Discussing astronomical instruments at the Spalding Gentlemen's Society Museum ' chairman Nick Casswell, assistant curator Ian Hoult, Julia Gant and Marilyn Hollanders. Photo (TIM WILSON) SG140515-101TW
Discussing astronomical instruments at the Spalding Gentlemen's Society Museum ' chairman Nick Casswell, assistant curator Ian Hoult, Julia Gant and Marilyn Hollanders. Photo (TIM WILSON) SG140515-101TW
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Spalding Gentlemen’s Society opened its Broad Street museum as part of the National Museums at Night festival when 650 venues nationwide welcomed in the public after hours.

In Spalding on Thursday, visitors were welcomed between 7pm and 9pm, when experts were on hand to give opinions on artefacts taken along.

The museum had invited people to search their attics, hunt in their garages or dig out anything they had collected, saved for years or belonged to their granny.

Admission was free, but the museum requested donations of £2 for each item examined.

Julia Gant, director of outreach and events, said: “We had fewer members of the public than we had hoped for, but it was a good venture and we will definitely do it again.”

Museums at Night runs in May and October but it’s likely that a second event here will be run next spring rather than in the autumn.