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Museums at Night – Abingdon

Museums at Night - Abingdon
Abingdon County Hall Museum took part in the national event Museums at Night. The Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor Margaret Crick, was there talking to the guests, and musicians.

Musician included the Cherry Tree Ensemble, playing in the former court sessions hall, where trials were held for 200 years. Now the hall holds the main standing exhibition of Abingdon’s unique history, as well as an area for temporary displays.
Museums at Night - Abingdon
The Oxford Waites also performed. Some of their music dates back to the 17th century, when the County Hall was built.
Museums at Night - Abingdon
Between their songs, one of their number regaled the audience with old tales of Abingdon, including the escapades of the Moorish Dancers, and how people were scandalised by them when they dressed in women’s clothes. Over the centuries the Moorish Dancers have become Morris Dancers. He also told of how tigers, baboons and other exotic animals were once sold on Abingdon Market Place, as recounted in Jackson’s Oxford Journal.
Museums at Night - Abingdon
Ian Miles performed on the roof with the keyboard.
Museums at Night - Abingdon
He played Moonlight Serenade as we looked out over the sun’s long afterglow, and the pool of incandescent light in front of Sami’s Kebab Trailer.

Leave a Comment May 18, 2018

Museum at Night – May 2017

Museum at Night
I missed the Museum at Night so was very glad to get this report from Matt. He says …
Museum at Night
We had a great turnout and some amazing music.
Museum at Night
Typically it rained almost the whole evening, but the bands improvised splendidly by heading to the attic galleries which turned out to be highly atmospheric.
Museum at Night
For the moments that the sun came out the crowds gathered up to enjoy what was a stunning contrast of darkened sky and brilliant yellows of the evening setting sun.
Museum at Night

1 Comment May 25, 2017

Abingdon County Hall Museum – Lift and Cupola

Work in Progress
The museum lift appears to be Out of Order more often than not. Perhaps outside lifts are just not that reliable.
Work in Progress
Meanwhile there has been scaffolding round the Cupola, at the top of the museum, for the last 2 or 3 months. English Heritage are investigating some unexplained noises.

24 Comments February 17, 2016

Museum at Night

Museum at Night
There was a warm welcome for all at the 6pm-9pm Museum at Night event at Abingdon County Hall Museum.
Museum at Night
Members of the MG Car Club were there in numbers, parked on the nearby Market Place.
Museum at Night
Exhibits include an MG.

MGs cars were once made in Abingdon.
Museum at Night
There was also a performance by the Abingdon Town Oompah band led by Steve Rich.
Museum at Night
This was a tribute to Abingdon’s twin town Schongau, in Bavaria, who have an excellent brass band.

1 Comment October 31, 2015

Preserving the last Giant Abingdon Tortoise

Last Great Abingdon Tortoise
Search ‘Abingdon’ in the Guiness Book of Records and there are now more entries thanks to the longest loom band. Radley College  are also in there with the fastest Treadmill 100 miles team run.

There is also Most endangered animal and Rarest reptile. On further investigation this turns out to be `Lonesome George’ the giant tortoise Geochelone elephantopus abingdoni from the Pinta or Abingdon Island in the Galapagos Islands. George died in 2012 of natural causes.
Last Great Abingdon Tortoise
George can now be viewed at The American Museum of Natural History.
Last Great Abingdon Tortoise
They have done a Good Job ‘Preserving Lonesome George’ for future generations.

3 Comments July 29, 2015

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