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Museum Late: Victorian Gothic

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Thursday 20 October 

5pm – 8pm 

This month’s Museum Late explores the rich, dark history of Victorian Gothic literature, and the darker side of Victorian culture.

We will have:

  • dramatic readings from the classics and potboilers of Victorian horror writing
  • an object handling session exploring how different cultures have understood mortality
  • a tour of the house delving into the strange and otherworldly artworks in the collection as well as the more macabre side of Victorian life
  • author and researcher Katie Godman with her new book – Gothic Fashion The History 
  • spotlight talks, and more.

Make it a really special evening by booking an Afternoon Tea (available until 6.30pm) to share with a friend. (Bookings close 24 hours prior to event).

Please be aware that some of these activities will be exploring themes of death, grief and mortality.
Standard admission charges apply, visit Admission Prices for further details. Cafe closes 7.30pm.

Entertainment is spread throughout the evening, so drop in at any time to enjoy it.



5.00pm – 7.30pm – Museum Object Handling Session

5.00pm – 7.30pm – Gothic Fashion, the History – Meet the Author Katie Godman

5.00pm – 7.30pm – Cafe open serving snacks, drinks, and a suitably bloody cocktail

5.15pm – 5.30pm – Spotlight Talk – Victorian Gothic Fashion

5.30pm – 5.45pm – Dramatic Readings of Gothic Horror Classics

5.45pm – 6.00pm – Spotlight Talk – Bournemouth Gothic Part 1

6.00pm – 6.30pm – Dark Victoriana Tour

6.30pm – 6.45pm – Dramatic Readings of Gothic Horror Classics

6.45pm – 7.00pm – Spotlight Talk – Bournemouth Gothic Part 2

7.00pm – 7.30pm – Dark Victoriana Tour

7.15pm – 7.30pm – Spotlight Talk – Victorian Gothic Fashion

7.30pm – 7.45pm – Dramatic Readings of Gothic Horror Classics

7.30pm – Cafe closes

8.00pm – Museum closes

All timings subject to change


Third Thursday Club 

Our Museum Lates take place every third Thursday of the month, exploring a different theme each time. Why not consider joining the Friends of the Russell-Cotes, which includes free admission to the museum for a year, including to each of the monthly Third-Thursday-Club Museum Lates?

Click here to find out more. 

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