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Come on – let’s Party Like It’s1945!

4 March 2015

This year’s Museums at Night event at The Spring takes its cue from VE Day – the declaration of Victory in Europe on Tuesday 8 May 1945.

Now in its seventh year, Museums at Night is an annual UK-wide festival which offers a chance to experience culture and heritage in new and unexpected ways. This year The Spring is hosting a FREE party from 7pm till late, you’ll get the chance to make vintage craft items, play games from the 40s, and learn the dances of the time ready to dance the night away – and finish the evening with that all-important bacon sandwich! Why not turn up dressed to the nines in your 40s finery?

We start off with children’s events; real hands-on games like dominoes, pick up sticks, Meccano and jigsaws. Not a games console or tablet in sight! Then there’s Dress the Doll, making a toy aeroplane from pegs, and many other innocent pursuits from past times.

‘Make Do and Mend’ is the theme of the craft options; make a wartime blanket with crochet squares, or put together some fun jewellery from old buttons and beads. As part of The Spring’s oral history project, we’d love to hear your wartime stories; and if you have pictures of the time, do bring them along to share your knowledge with us.

At 9pm there’ll be a special performance from the Havant Drama Club, then it’s time to get dancing to the music of the Dave Baker Project. Toe-tapping tunes from swing to lindy-hop to jazz make for the perfect accompaniment to our Victory party. And at 10pm and 11pm you can learn some 1940s dance steps in the company of the Swing4all band.

There’ll be traditional sandwiches and cakes, and home-made lemonade; and you can even have your hair and makeup done in classic 1940s style.

An evening chock-a-block with things to do and learn – this is Museums at Night at its best! For more details, contact Kate on