Friday, 08 May 2015
Two Worcester museums are linking up to provide a challenge for the city’s armchair sleuths as part of this year’s Museums at Night festival.
The festival sees cultural venues and heritage organisations across the country staging after-hours events to attract new audiences, and over 600 varied events will be taking place nationwide between May 13 and 16.
In Worcester, the Elgar Birthplace Museum, in Lower Broadheath, and the Infirmary Museum, based on the University of Worcester’s City Campus, will be combining to host a Murder Mystery evening on Saturday May 16.
Beginning at the Infirmary, the event will be set in 1869, at a fundraising event in aid of a new orphanage. As the event’s host, Miss Ravisham, and her associates prepare for the arrival of their guest speaker, esteemed author Charles Dickens, the ‘murderer’ will strike.
Guests will be able to take in the entertainment, view the displays and enjoy complementary refreshments at the Infirmary before making their way to the Elgar Birthplace Museum. Here, guests can put their detective skills to the test over a meal, and get the chance to view the museum dedicated to one of England’s great composers.
“We’re delighted that two Worcester venues – which have both run very successful festival events in previous years – will be collaborating on their first ever joint programme for this year’s Museums at Night festival,” says Rosie Clarke, Campaigns Officer at Culture24, the organisation behind the festival.
“Their Charles Dickens-inspired murder mystery will offer visitors the chance to discover the fascinating Infirmary in a new light, then explore the atmospheric Elgar Birthplace Museum and solve the crime before enjoying refreshments together; it’s sure to be a night to remember!”
Mark MacLeod, of the Infirmary Museum, adds: “We have never held a murder mystery before, so it’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm for this event. The evening won’t be gruesome, however it aims to awaken curious and inquisitive minds to find a way of solving the murder.”
The event is open to anyone over the age of 18, and includes entry to both museums, entertainment, a barbeque, dessert and drinks. Tickets cost £28.50 each, and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/MayMurderMystery or by calling the Elgar Birthplace Museum on 01905 333224.