A night at the museum in West Sussex

Part of the interior at Fishbourne Roman Palace
Part of the interior at Fishbourne Roman Palace

HISTORY will be coming alive when local venues take part in a special night at the museum.

Petworth House, the Novium and Fishbourne Roman Palace are among the West Sussex attractions taking part and throwing their doors open for a late-night history tour as part of the national Museums at Night event.

Local events are:

Bignor Roman Village

Thursday, May 16, 7pm

One of its knowledgeable team will take you on an entertaining tour covering all aspects including the Roman history and Georgian rediscovery as well as some modern day insights into this one of the largest Roman Villas open to the public boasting some of the finest mosaics in Great Britain.

Tickets £10 which includes admission, the tour, a guide book and refreshments.

Details on 01798 869259.

Pallant House Gallery

Thursday, May 16, 6pm

A talk is taking place entitled Kitaj as Printmaker. Jennifer Ramkalawon, curator of prints and drawings at the British Museum. discusses Kitaj’s bright, bold early prints which are full of kaleidoscopic imagery, displaying to great effect of the artist’s major obsessions.

Talk and wine: £12, talk only £8.50.

Details on 01243 774557

Petworth House and Gardens

Friday, May 17, 5.30pm

See Petworth House like never before. Sneak along underground tunnels, climb creaky staircases, and pop through picture frames to meet some strange and colourful characters along the way.

Light snack and drink included. Adults £5, children £7.50.

Details on 01798 345510.

The Novium, Chichester

Friday, May 17, 7pm.

Gather evidence from the museum exhibitions to solve the historical murder mystery ‘Murder at the Bath House’, as well as explore the rest of the museum and its rich treasures from around the district.

Not suitable for children, prebooking essential. Tickets £10.

Details on 01243 775888.

The Novium, Chichester

Friday, May 17, 4pm-5pm

A family trail through the museum called Thief in the bathhouse comes with clues and puzzles to solve. Work as a team or race against one another to discover the museum.

Adult and children £6, additional child £2.50

Details on 01243 775888.

The Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton

May 17 and 18, 8.30pm

The past will be brought to life with guided walks through the museum will stop at some of our houses to discover how the people who lived there in the past would have experienced the hours of dusk and darkness. The evening will end with hot drinks and biscuits round the fire in one of our historic houses.

Tickets £15 each booked in advance

Details on 01243 811363

Time Machine Museum, East Ashling

Saturday, May 18, 7pm

Paul Strickland, founder of the Clock Trust will entertain and intrigue you with the museum collections on display and the science that links everything from clocks to ant hills together, making sense of our world through its extraordinary connections. There will also be art activities and storytelling using books, film and performance.

Family friendly. Adults £5, children £3

Details on 01243 576890

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Saturday, May 18, 7pm

Visitors can enjoy a cup of Mulsum, a traditional Roman drink, and a sweet wine cake. Guides will then take them on a tour, lit by the flickering light of oil lamps, to allow them to find out more about the origins of the site.

Prebooking essential. Adult £8.50, children £4.30

Details on 01243 785859.