Museums at Night autumn edition highlights
Can you smash a cryptic crossword quicker than Alan Turing? Then report to Bletchley Park as a new recruit for codebreaking duty. At this Museums at Night special, you’ll be able to explore the site where male and female WWII codebreakers worked in total secrecy, learning about ciphers and spies in the surrounds of a grand Victorian estate. It’ll mean taking a train ride out of London, but this tour is worth it. Keep your eyes open: the Bletchley grounds are filled with more state secrets than an MI5 briefcase. Find out more here.
Despite its cute name, Horace Walpole’s ghost-white Strawberry Hill House is one eerie spot, so much so that it inspired him to write the first ever gothic novel, ‘The Castle of Otranto’, which was filled with murderous plot lines and supernatural goings-on. Now you can delve into the psyche that created such a chilling tale on this after-hours look at Walpole’s occult collection of objects (lock of Mary Tudor’s hair, anyone?), which have been reunited at his old home for the first time in 170 years. Journey through the gothic castle’s jewel-coloured rooms and gaze at the gold-leaf ceilings by candlelight. Even Nick Cave can’t compete with this ‘original goth experience’. Find out more here.
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