Pirates

This was a special late night opening, offering a guided tour of the exhibition and access to a host of free events and workshops throughout the museum.

We were invited to sample some authentic pirate drinks, listen to a talk on gender and sexuality in pirate history, learn to ‘talk like a pirate’, and take inspiration from Westwood, McQueen and Adam Ant in a ‘pirates in fashion’ accessory-making workshop.

As we queued for entry, it was quickly evident that this was a popular event; there were an awful lot of people dressed as pirates.

John Burton

There was also a free shot of rum for everyone who came dressed as a pirate.
As we queued for entry, it was quickly evident that this was a popular event; there were an awful lot of people dressed as pirates.

The highlight for me was a guided your from the exhibition’s curator Tom Wareham. I’d met with Tom, some months before to be briefed on our designs for the publicity materials; it was great to see and hear his enthusiasm and obvious pride in the exhibition he’d put together.

My only criticism was the charmingly amateur nature of the organisation. They seem not to have foreseen the large numbers and it was difficult to get a gauge of what was happening throughout the museum (we certainly didn’t find many of the billed events). But that really didn’t matter, the evening was great, the atmosphere was fun and the exhibition is well worth the trip, at any time of the day.

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