Contribute to a piece of art, celebrate an iconic piece of Roman history, discover the mysteries of ancient Egypt and find out how robots could transform our lives at this year’s LightNight.
The Victoria Gallery & Museum, Garstang Museum and Sensor City are all opening late for Liverpool’s annual one-night arts festival.
Here are our top 5 unmissable, free University of Liverpool activities on offer this Friday.
Get hands-on with clay | Join ceramic artist Louise Waller in this interactive art workshop and help contribute to a growing three-dimensional artwork of clay flowers and leaves. The finished product will be added to an installation by award winning ceramicist Phoebe Cumming in the gallery’s ‘New Perspectives’ exhibition series.
New perspectives workshop, Victoria Gallery & Museum, 5-9pm
Celebrate a piece of Roman history | See the famous Meroë Head of Augustus, which is on public display as part of the BBC Civilisations Festival. The bronze head survived for centuries underground until it was discovered by the University of Liverpool’s Professor John Garstang in 1910. Then why not join the Liverpool Wargames Association as they re-enact the famous naval Battle of Actium, which ended decades of Roman civil war and resulted in the rise of Augustus as the first Roman Emperor.
Battle of Actium Re-enactment, Victoria Gallery & Museum, 6-9pm
Enter the Egyptian Underworld | Enjoy a talk about the Book of the Dead: Passport through the Underworld exhibition. Featuring never before displayed objects, including magical amulets, coffins and papyri, the tour opens with a practical guide to navigating the ancient Egyptian underworld and the tools needed to find a way through the night, and into eternity. This event is organised by Continuing Education.
Book of the Dead tour, Victoria Gallery & Museum, 6pm and 7pm
See the Garstang Mummy | Visit the Garstang Museum for an exploration of mummification in Ancient Egypt. Guided tours of the museum will highlight objects relating to mummification and tell the story of the famous Garstang mummy, which was reunited with the museum in 2014.
Bringing mummification to life, Garstang Museum of Archaeology, 6-9pm
Discover future technologies | Sensor City is opening its doors to let people explore some of the exciting work that goes on behind the building’s gold façade. Take part in sensor-based games, watch live theatrical performances, and enjoy a drink while admiring the illuminated Liverpool skyline from the panoramic roof terrace. University of Liverpool computer scientists will also be on hand with a series of live Lego Robot demonstrations.
Technological Transformation, Sensor City, 5-11pm
The LightNight celebrations also mark the the end of Open House 2018, the University’s week-long festival of talks, performances, exhibitions and interactive experiences showcasing great ideas, knowledge and culture.
LightNight takes place on Friday 18 May. To find out more please visit www.lightnightliverpool.co.uk