Dress up and experience the romantic art movement in an evening of art, music, performance, workshops and talks inspired by the conflicting poetics of William Blake.

Curated by the Fitzwilliam Museum Society in collaboration with Social Canvas.

Image: Detail of William Blake, ‘The terror answered, America A Prophecy’, 1793 – 1821 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

Visit the Museum of Zoology after hours for animal-themed board games. Grab a drink, play strategy games, create canine chaos or battle to be the best at Hungry Hungry Hippos. Meet the team from Waterstones Cambridge and try out some of their animal related games too!

Tickets are £5. Bookings are now live - click here to book your ticket.

Age 18+

Bar open and snacks available to buy on the night.


Join us live on YouTube as we explore our urban wildlife in winter with fun facts from our collections, wildlife videos, and creations from the Young Zoologists Club. Then get your questions ready to ask our scientist, Dr Daniel Field, Curator of Ornithology here at the Museum, who will be on hand to answer all your winter birdlife queries.

To coincide with late night shopping, drop into our late opening. Discover a magical world of tiny fossils which can only be seen with a microscope, and use them as inspiration to make festive decorations to take home. Pop into our shop to pick up some last minute presents, and enjoy live festive music from a local choir.



Celebrate the festive season with this special evening event at Kettle’s Yard. Enjoy our Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia & Friends exhibition after-hours, visit the Kettle’s Yard shop for some Christmas shopping, and enjoy a treat in our café. You can also expect a selection of carols and Christmas songs from local choir, BEATITUDE.

Join us at the Museum for a special performance-based Taruwa evening.

Conversations between whales in the oceans, the low throb of ship engines, bursts of vibrations excited by earthquakes…we cannot hear these vibrations as sounds, but what if we could? This art-science collaboration translates the waveform information contained within seismic data traces into spatial surround sound, revealing the captivating sounds of the Earth.

Join Jackie Kay and Imtiaz Dharker for two poetry performances to celebrate the opening of Real Families. Jackie Kay was the National Poet for Scotland whose collection The Adoption Papers won the Forward Poetry prize. Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist, filmmaker who was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry. Her latest collection is Luck is the Hook.

Bar & exhibition open: 18.30 | Event: 19.00 | Book signing: 20.00

Be the first to see Real Families: Stories of Change at this special after-hours event with pay bar and music.

Image: Chantal Joffe, 'Me, Em and Nat', 2019 © Chantal Joffe. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro

Enjoy the Museum and explore the Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance exhibition at this evening of art, music, workshops, talks and fashion curated by students from Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts.

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