National Museum of Scotland Presents RBS Museum Lates: Mary Queen of Scots, Nov 8
Tickets are going fast for the next RBS Museum Lates event, which will take place at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 8 November. Over half of the 1800 tickets have already been sold, with the remainder expected to go quickly.
Live music will be provided in the Grand Gallery by Glaswegian indie band Blood Relatives (http://www.blood-relatives.com/), whose appearance will come hot on the heels of the release of their debut album, Deerheart at the end of October. There will a DJ set by Éclair Fifi (BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM - http://thisisluckyme.com/music/eclair-fifi/) and proceedings will be hosted by radio DJ and presenter Ally McCrae.
The event comes in the final weeks of the museum's acclaimed exhibition, Mary, Queen of Scots, which closes onSunday 17 November. The exhibition has attracted rave reviews and over 50,000 visitors so far. The RBS Museum Lates programme will be themed accordingly, with displays, object handling, craft activities, face-painting, costumed characters, and even a presentation on the 'science' of alchemy marking 300 years of Chemistry at Edinburgh University.
Susan Morrison, Edinburgh writer, comedian, broadcaster and Director of Previously... Scotland's History Festival, which starts on 13th November, will lead an examination of the dramatic events at Kirk o'Field, scene of one of the most notorious unsolved murders in Scottish history. Kirk o'Field, which lies just yards from the auditorium where the case will be heard, is the site where Mary's husband Henry, Lord Darnley was killed along with his manservant.
Mary was heavily implicated in the murder, setting in motion a chain of events which ultimately led to her losing the throne and fleeing to England where she ended up spending 19 years in captivity until she was finally executed for her involvement in a plot to depose and possibly assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Theories abound as to how involved or otherwise Mary actually was in the death of her husband, and here the audience will be invited to decide on her guilt or innocence after hearing the cases for the prosecution and the defence.
Other popular features will return, with Fresh Air FM bringing silent disco to the Imagine Gallery, pop-up bars in the Grand Gallery, and the rare opportunity to simply explore the galleries of the National Museum of Scotland by night.
RBS Museum Lates: Mary Queen of Scots, takes place on Friday 8 November from 7pm to 10.30pm. Tickets are onsale now http://www.nms.ac.uk/lates or by phoning 0300 123 6789. The live music programme is co-curated by The List Magazine.
Tickets for the event only are priced £10 (£8 concessions and National Museums Scotland members), combined tickets for the event and admission to the exhibition, Mary, Queen of Scots are £18 (£16 for members/concessions). The Museum Brasserie will be open from 5pm, serving dinner for ticket holders: bookings can be made by phoning 0131 247 4084
08 October 2013