A superstitious night at the City Museum!

Press Release: 09/05/2011

Superstitious Night Event

Why would a Roman lick his finger and rub it behind his ear, and why did the Victorians consider green to be an unlucky colour to use in a nursery? Come along, if you dare, and discover some of the strange beliefs of our superstitious ancestors at a special free open evening at the City Museum in Winchester, 4pm-7pm, to mark Friday 13 May.

Feeling lucky? Then have a go at a spotter trail that will take you around the museum, encountering ancient superstitions along the way. You’ll see objects that conjured up fear and dread for some, and brought hope and good luck to others. Why, for instance, would a medieval parent burn red candles at the birth of their child?

Boost your own good luck by making your very own Roman amulet to take away and wear to confound any soothsayer’s prophecies! 

Mark Barden, Exhibitions Officer at Winchester City Council Museums said, “We are looking forward to staying open until 7pm on Friday 13 May to mark the start of this year’s Culture 24 Museums at Night event. This is a national campaign, which encourages visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites on May 13th – 15th, by opening late and organising special evening events such as our superstitious night at the museum.“

Admission is free and no booking is required – just turn up on the day between 4pm and 7pm. For more details contact Winchester Museums museums@winchester.gov.uk, or telephone 01962 863 064.