Friday 18 May 2012
Visitors can follow twilight tours of Castle Cornet and its gardens with costumed characters and hear short specialist talks from curators, when the Castle opens between 5.30 and 9.00pm on Saturday 26 May.
For the second year, the Castle is joining other museums and historic sites all over the continent in welcoming the public at night in this Europe‐wide evening of free entertainment.
For the first time during Museums at Night there will also be a 'German tour' of the bunkers, lookouts and other features left behind during the Occupation. There will also be a 'Keeper's Tour' so visitors can find out first‐hand what it's like to work in the Castle and learn more of the work which goes on behind the scenes.
Special artifacts will be coming out of Guernsey Museum storage for 'The Japanese Connection'; a talk and handling session about the Japanese objects in the Museums' collection led by Social History Curator Matt Harvey. Museums Director Dr Jason Monaghan will give a brief history and update on the progress of Guernsey's Roman ship in 'Whatever Happened to Asterix?'
Also during the evening there will be a 16th century style apothecary drop‐in clinic, where visitors may be prescribed something from years gone by for their aches and pains, while children can dress up in historical costumes and play games and practice lantern making with their families.
Throughout the evening a historical soundtrack led by musician James Dumbelton and historical woodwind quartet 'Rewind & Record' will be played, the shop will be open for unique souvenirs and the Refectory will be serving light snacks and drinks.
Admission to Museums at Night is free including entry to the Castle's five Museums. Timetables are available to download from the Guernsey Museum website www.museums.gov.gg or can be collected from Guernsey Museum, Castle Cornet or the Guernsey Information Centre.