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Secret Garden Opens For Museums’ At Night

Poole Museum will be opening the doors to Scaplen’s Court and its walled garden for a special evening on Thursday 16 May.

To celebrate the national Museums at Night scheme, visitors will be invited to take a rare glimpse around one of Poole’s finest medieval buildings and soak up the twilight atmosphere in its exclusive walled garden. Scaplen’s Court is not often open to the public, so this is a special opportunity to have a look around.

Local people and tourists alike will be able to explore the building and its garden, while being serenaded by musicians. Visitors will be able to buy a glass of wine and enjoy the surroundings at their leisure.

Scaplen’s Court was built in the 15th century, and has been a merchant’s house, an inn for rich travellers and a furniture workshop. In the English Civil War Oliver Cromwell's soldiers were billeted there and carved graffiti on a fire-surround, which is visible to this day. The garden, laid out by the renowned garden architect George Dilliston as a Tudor herb and physic garden, will be lit during the event.

Councillor Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole said: "It is important for us all to be aware of Poole's history and so we are delighted to be able to open up one of the town's historic buildings to the public. We hope as many people as possible will join us for this magical and relaxing evening."

This Scaplen’s Court opening is part of the national Museums at Night campaign which will see hundreds of museums and galleries open their doors for out of hours events.

The event is completely free and will take place on Thursday 16 May 2013 between 7pm and 10pm.
For more information about the event contact Trudie Cole on 01202 262623, or email t.cole@poole.gov.uk