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A treat for the senses at Twilight at the Museums

twilight_54 Martin BondWith glitter balls and sparkling minerals, animal sounds amongst glowing flora, spectacular light installations and flurries of snow, Twilight at the Museums was a treat for the senses.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Twilight has been able to grow, and this year it took a step outside.  A light show projected on to the façade of the Fitzwilliam Museum creatively played with collections from across the venues:  dinosaurs nibbled at the building, plants became part of the structure, and paintings were brought to life.

Inside, the atmosphere was one of excitement and discovery.  Objects were scrutinised under torchlight, families wandered amongst the displays and the air was filled with chatter and merriment.

twilight_80 Martin BondThe University of Cambridge Museums along with Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge Folk Museum, Museum of Technology, Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey, Cambridge Science Centre, Official Cambridge Guides opened until 7.30 for this annual evening celebration of the magical collections and together welcomed over 7200 visits.

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A fantastic team of volunteers supported staff in making the event a great success. A Twilight visitor said:

There was a lovely atmosphere in the museums and indeed in the city with floods of families out and about.  It was bitterly cold, but there was a real buzz and the staff and volunteers at all the venues were helpful and enthusiastic. Lovely.

Elly Wright, Events Coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums

Images; Martin Bond

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